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Race maps show local divisions

By Pam G. Dempsey "” In the past month, media attention has focused on race lines in major cities across the U.S.

This follows the completion of Census 2010 and the release of cartographer Bill Rankin's map of Chicago, which visually shows ethnic pockets across the city. (See here) posted this blog that included several similar maps.

CU-CitizenAccess wanted to take a look at local racial divisions. (See our efforts here)

Using 2000 Census data, these maps show where the area's white, black, and Hispanic residents live.

Though the county's overall population grew nearly 9 percent between 2000 and 2009, the number of minority residents grew 27 percent, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The local Hispanic population increased the most, growing from about 5,200 residents to more than 8,400 residents "“ more than 62 percent "“ between 2000 and 2009.

The population of white residents increased the least, at 8.4 percent.

Other racial groups include (all percentages are approximate):

"¢ Black: from 19,881 residents in 2000 to 23,468 residents in 2009 (18 percent increase)

"¢ Asian: from 11,553 residents in 2000 to 14,932 residents in 2009 (30 percent increase)

"¢ American Indian and Alaskan Native: 345 residents in 2000 to 432 residents in 2009 (25 percent increase)

Source: U.S.Census Bureau

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