WASHINGTON COUNTY - Washington County still is predominantly white, but its minority communities are growing much faster than the population as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released last week.
According to the new estimates, Washington County's population as of July 1, 2006, was 143,748. Of those, 126,359 were white, 13,388 were black, 1,918 were Asian, 283 were American Indian and 65 were Native Hawaiian. The county's population included 1,735 people of two or more races.
The Census Bureau estimates also provided data on the county's Hispanic population, which includes people from all racial groups. The Census Bureau defines Hispanic as an ethnicity, not a race. In 2006, 2,976 Hispanic people lived in Washington County.
The county's total population, which includes inmates at the county's three prisons, grew by 1.5 percent in 2006, from 141,563 to 143,748.