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 the region performing?
The Mid-Hudson Valley region has become increasingly diverse, with all racial and ethnic groups experiencing growth since 2000. Between 2000 and 2014, minority populations in the three-county region grew at greater rates than they did nationally and statewide (excluding NYC). Hispanic residents in the region grew 82%, and were the largest minority group in the region, with 15% of total residents. The region also experienced a substantial increase in the number of Asian residents (72%), though they remained only 3% of the total population of the region. The African American population grew 33%, putting them at 10% of the total population. The white population increased only slightly (1%), yet remains the largest racial group in the region (83% 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.