Unexpected twist to Miami population gain
Written by Vanessa Zambrano on August 28, 2013
Miami-Dade’s non-Hispanic white population grew at a faster rate than Hispanics from 2010 to 2012, according to a US Census Bureau July estimate.
The county’s total population grew by about 3.4%, from 2,504,614 to 2,591,035, in two years. “As population grows the economy tends to grow,” said Robert Cruz, chief county economist.
The new numbers show growth trends, Mr. Cruz said, but the full and more in-depth 2012 American Community Survey, which provides more than numbers, is due later in the year. The comparison with 2010 is based upon the July estimates of that year as well, he said.
Even though the preliminary report doesn’t specify where people are moving to Miami-Dade from, non-Hispanic whites now make up 16.3% of the county’s population, rising from 15.4% in 2010. Non-Hispanic blacks or African Americans have remained at 17% of the total.
Hispanics, however, have decreased as a percentage of the total from 65.2% to 64.3% in the past two years.
“I would not have expected that trend,” Mr. Cruz said, but he confirmed that the non-Hispanic white group grew by about 10,000 more people than the Hispanic group.
It’s quite unusual, considering that from 2000 to 2011 non-Hispanics who identified themselves as white declined not only as a share of county population but in absolute terms, according to census data.
“In the last two years that trend appears to have changed,” Mr. Cruz said. “The number of non-Hispanic whites increased in 2011 and 2012 and increased as a share of the total population in both years. The population of non-Hispanic black or African Americans has remained nearly unchanged since the early 2000s, but continues to decline as a proportion of the total population.”