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 2014, all racial and ethnic groups grew, reflecting regional trends. The greatest growth occurred in the Hispanic population, which increased 90%, a greater increase than the state (excluding NYC) and the nation. The Asian population had the second greatest growth in the county, increasing 61%, followed by the African American population, which increased 20%. The Hispanic and African American populations were about equal in 2014 -- each accounted for between 11 and 12% of the total county population. Despite the increasing diversity, the white population increased only slightly (1%), 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.