Six more counties became majority-minority — in which more than 50 percent of the residents are other than single-race, non-Hispanic whites — in 2008, according to data released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau. Along with the information on majority-minority counties, the data breaks down the United States population by age and sex to define trends before the 2010 Census.

Orange County, Fla., the 35th most populous county in the nation, is one of the counties that became majority-minority between 2007 and 2008. Twenty-five percent of the population is Hispanic, 22 percent is black and there were enough residents from other minorities to make the total slightly more than 50 percent of the population. The other new majority-minority counties are Stanislaus, Calif.; Finney, Kan.; Warren, Miss.; Edwards, Texas; and Schleicher, Texas. Nearly 10 percent of the nation's 3,142 counties were majority-minority as of July 1, 2008.

Other information released by the Census Bureau includes:

  • La Paz County, Ariz., had the highest percentage of 65 or older residents in its population (34 percent), while Chattahoochee County, Ga., showing the youngest population (3 percent 65 or older).
  • Alaska has the highest percentage of males in its population (52.1 percent), while the District of Columbia had the highest percentage of women (52.7 percent).
  • Utah had the highest percentage of population under 5 years old, (10 percent).

View more detailed Census Bureau population characteristics estimate tables.

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