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Country's Fast-Growth Areas Overwhelmingly White

September 11, 2001

Just as many white Americans fled cities and settled in suburbs in the 1950s, today's generation of suburbanites are pulling up stakes and moving even farther from cities. As they do so, they are again creating and flocking to white enclaves.

  • America is now 69 percent non-Hispanic white -- down from 76 percent in 1990.
  • But of the 157 counties that grew by 40 percent or more in the 1990s, more than two-thirds were at least 80 percent white -- and more than one-third were at least 90 percent white.
  • Douglas County, Colo., is America's fastest growing county -- having tripled in population in the 1990s -- and its residents are 90 percent white.
  • Nearby Elbert and Park counties in Colorado -- the third- and fifth-fastest growing in the country -- are even whiter.

Five Georgia counties are in the top 25 fastest growers in the country -- and all are between 80 and 97 percent white.

Source: Jonathon Tilove, "Back to the '50s," Washington Times, September 11, 2001.


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