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 Orange County performing?
Orange County has become increasingly diverse since 2000. Between 2000 and 2015, all racial and ethnic groups experienced growth. The greatest growth occurred in the Hispanic (88%), and the Asian populations (98%). Both rates exceeded the state (excluding NYC) and national growth rates for those racial groups. The African American population grew 55%, almost three times the growth rate of the statewide African American population. Orange also had the greatest growth for the white population in the region with a 2% increase since 2000, compared to a decline at the state level.
Despite the increases, Orange County remains predominantly white (81%) with the Hispanic population making up the largest minority group (20%).
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.