Following a national trend, the populations of six Florida counties - including Miami-Dade and Broward - are "majority-minority," with non-Hispanic white residents outnumbered by African-Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and other members of racial and ethnic minorities, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday.
Starr County, Texas - located on the border with Mexico - has a "minority" population of 98 percent, the highest of any county in the country.
However, among the nation's 25 most populous counties, Miami-Dade had the highest proportion of minorities at 82 percent.
Nearly one in every 10 of the nation's 3,141 counties has a population that is more than half minority. In 2006, eight counties that had not previously been majority-minority pushed the national total to 303, the Census Bureau reported. None was in Florida.
Nationwide, the largest jurisdictions passing the threshold between July 1, 2005, and July 1, 2006, were Denver County, Colo., and East Baton Rouge Parish, La. The other counties were in Texas, Montana, New Mexico and Virginia.
In Florida, the majority-minority counties were Miami-Dade (82 percent minority), Gadsden (64.8 percent minority), Hendry (61.3 percent minority), Osceola (52.8 percent), Broward (51.3 percent) and Hardee (51 percent).
Not surprisingly, Florida had four of the counties in the top 10 with the highest percentage of residents ages 65 or older. Charlotte County ranked No. 1 with 31.2 percent of the populace over the traditional retirement age. Highlands County (31.1 percent) was second, Citrus County (30.1) was fifth and Sarasota County (29.4) was seventh.
Starr County, Texas, had the highest Hispanic proportion of its total population, at 97 percent. In fact, each of the 11 counties with the highest Hispanic proportion of its population was in Texas.
Los Angeles County, Calif., had the largest minority population - 7-million, or 71 percent of its total. The county is home to one in every 14 of the nation's minority residents.
Harris County, Texas, gained 121,400 minority residents between 2005 and 2006, which led the nation in growth. With Houston as its largest city, Harris County had a minority population of 2.5-million in 2006, comprising 63 percent of its total.