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August 10, 2006

Census figures show as of July of 2005, Dallas County had 130,000 fewer white residents than it did in 2000.  In the same period, Dallas County gained more than 175,000 Hispanic residents.

State demographer Steve Murdock says the process of ethnic change is occurring all over the country.  But Murdock says Dallas is running at a pace ahead of last time.

Experts say a twofold situation happening in Dallas County can explain some of the demographic change:

  • Most whites in the Dallas area are reaching retirement age or beyond.
  • At the same time, mostly young and immigrant Hispanics have been settling in Dallas and surrounding cities.
  • Some of the demographic shift also was influenced by available and affordable housing.

Here's more from the Census:

  • Harris County (Houston) saw its Hispanic population increase from 1.1 million to 1.4 million.
  • Meanwhile, its white population went from 1.5 million in 2000, to 1.4 million in 2005.
  • In contrast, the number of white residents in Bexar County (San Antonio) grew by about 2,500 during the same period; Latinos in the county also increased their population by more than 105,000.

Source: "Dallas County's demographics changing to more Latinos,", August 10, 2006.


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