Demographics

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Race / Ethnicity: Distribution of Non-Hispanic White Population Regional Findings: There are 2.42 million non-Hispanic white persons in the Southeast Florida region, accounting for 39.8 per- cent of the total regional population of 6.1 million. They are not evenly distributed throughout the region; the northern counties and Monroe County are highly represented, as are the coastal areas along almost the entire length of the region.

County and Local Findings: Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties each have predominantly non- Hispanic white populations (78.3, 62.8, 81.2, 61.7, and 72.4 percent, respectively). Miami-Dade has the smallest, at 15.9 percent. The majority of census tracts in Martin and Monroe counties are more than 75 percent white. In Palm Beach County, the figure is closer to half, even though almost 62 percent of the county’s residents are white. Miami-Dade County has only one area, in the vicinity of Surfside and Bal Harbour, that over the 2006-2010 period was more than 7S percent white. In Broward County, where the racial mix is generally more balanced than in the other counties, areas that are predominantly white are located almost entirely along the coast and in the City of Parkland.

Race / Ethnicity: Distribution of African-American Population Regional Findings: A total of 1.21 million African-American per- sons reside in the region, representing 19.6% of the total population. There are relatively few areas in the region where they make up more than 65% of the local population; outside of these areas their share of the local population is generally less than 25%. Their largest concentration is within the three-county MSA and in the Belle Glade area on the south edge of Lake Okeechobee.

County and Local Findings: Monroe County is underrepresented by African-Americans, at only 6.4% of its 2006-2010 average population; none of the county’s census tracts have any concentrations of African-American persons. A similar situation is evidenced in Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties, although in these northern counties there is a small concentration of African Americans in the vicinity of Gifford, Fort Pierce and Stuart respectively. In the three-county MSA, areas where African American persons comprise 65% or more of the local population include north Miami-Dade County, central Broward County, and the Belle Glade and West Palm Beach areas in Palm Beach County. Central Broward County and North Miami-Dade County both encompass a number of small municipalities that have historically been African American. These include Lauderdale Lakes and Lauderhill in Broward and Opa-locka and Miami Gardens in Miami-Dade.

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