Population by Race/Ethnicity
What does this measure?
The change in population of a geographic area broken down by racial and ethnic groups since 2000. The total numbers of people in each group are shown in the second table on the Data Tables tab.
Why is this important?
Population measures provide insight on the changing size and face of communities. Changes in the racial and ethnic composition of a community can indicate growing diversity, which can bring with it challenges and opportunities.
How is Dutchess County performing?
Dutchess County has become increasingly diverse since 2000. Between 2000 and 2015, all racial and ethnic groups grew, reflecting regional and national trends. The greatest growth occurred in the Hispanic population, which increased 94%, a greater increase than the state (excluding NYC) and the nation. The Asian population had the second greatest growth in the county, increasing 66%, followed by the African American population, which increased 22%. The Hispanic and African American populations were about equal in 2015, accounting for 11%-12% of the total county population. The white population increased only slightly (0.2%), yet remains the largest racial group in Dutchess County (82% of total residents).
Notes about the data
The Census Bureau considers race and ethnicity to be separate identities, and asks respondents to identify whether they are of Hispanic or Latino origin separately from their race. Thus, in addition to their race or races, all respondents are categorized as Hispanic or not Hispanic.