Montgomery County now majority minority
Minorities have become a majority in affluent Montgomery County for the first time, while Hispanics displaced blacks as the largest minority group, according to census figures released Wednesday.
Barely 49 percent of the county's 972,000 residents are non-Hispanic whites, down from almost 60 percent in 2000 and 72 percent a decade before that. The number of Hispanics rose by about two-thirds, to 165,000, which at 17 percent of the population is slightly more than the county's non-Hispanic blacks.
The demographic shifts in Montgomery County, home to some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation, are part of an ongoing change that is underway throughout the region. Whites are diminishing in the suburbs closest to the District as they are replaced by Hispanics and, in some places, Asians.
In Prince George's County, for example, the Hispanic population more than doubled in size, slightly surpassing the white population, which dropped dramatically. Whites and Hispanics each make up about 15 percent of the county.
The Washington suburbs in Maryland now are home to more than one in four residents of Maryland. While Montgomery and Prince George's counties together gained about about 160,000 residents, the Baltimore region was essentially static. The city of Baltimore lost about 30,000 residents, falling to 620,000 people. Tax records show the lion's share of the residents who left the city settled in Baltimore County, which gained about 50,000 residents over the decade.
The census also showed that, for the first time, a majority of the state's children under age 18 are minorities. White children decreased by 17 percent.
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