The White Amendment

Mark Babineck's piece in the Houston Chronicle, in which he writes about the U.S. Census Bureau's report released yesterday detailing how "non-Hispanic whites appear to be pouring" out of Dallas County, has been popular amongst the local blogs today; already it's been on FrontBurner and DallasBlog, and, well, since Dallas' Only Daily doesn't seem interested in the piece, thought we'd go ahead and mention it here as well. In short, writes Babineck:

"Dallas County had lost about 120,000 whites between the 2000 Census and July 2005, according to the government's latest demographic estimates. That's slightly more than it lost for all of the 1990s.

Meanwhile, Hispanic growth is on roughly the same pace of the past decade to gain about 350,000, but the Latino share of the county's population jumped a full 6.5 points to 36.2 percent in slightly more than five years."

But here's a fresh link: to the raw data itself, where you can compare Dallas County's population breakdown with that of the rest of the country, or at least counties with more than a million people living in them. For instance, you might notice that Tarrant County's Hispanic population is almost a third of Dallas County's; or you might notice that Queens County in New York has 158,000 fewer non-Hispanic whites than Dallas. See, you can play all kinds of statistical games. (You can go here to see the state-by-state breakdown.) Me, I am no good at math. Just seems like a lot of people to me. --Robert Wilonsky

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Robert Wilonsky
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