The West: Minority-Majority Rural and Exurban Counties

This is the Yonder's list of all rural and exurban counties in the West that are already minority-majority or that will be minority-majority soon.

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The counties below are either currently minority-majority or will soon tip to be minority-majority. They are grouped by state. These counties are in the West. If you would like to see counties in the South, go here. Counties in the Midwest are here. All of the data below come from U.S. Census Bureau estimates from 2007.

The chart shows three categories of "minority majority status." "2000" counties are those that were majority-minority at the time of the 2000 Census. "2007" designates counties that became majority-minority between 2000 and 2007. "Tipping" counties are those that are at least 40 percent minority and where the minority population grew by at least 2.5 percent between 2000 and 2007.

ARIZONA                    
Minority Majority Status County County Seat Majority Race Population 2007 % Change White 2000-07 % Change Minority 2000-07 %
Minority 2007
% Black 2007 %
Am. Ind. 2007
%
Hispanic 2007
2000 Apache St. Johns American Indian 69,980 14.6% -2.2% 79.7% 1.0% 72.3% 5.1%
2000 Navajo Holbrook Bi-Racial: Wh-AI 111,273 16.2% 12.6% 56.8% 1.1% 45.0% 9.2%
2000 Santa Cruz Nogales Hispanic 42,845 14.2% 11.1% 81.6% 0.3% 0.3% 80.2%
CALIFORNIA                    
Minority Majority Status County County Seat Majority Race Population 2007 % Change White 2000-07 % Change Minority 2000-07 %
Minority 2007
% Black 2007 %
Am. Ind. 2007
%
Hispanic 2007
2000 Colusa Colusa Hispanic 21,302 0.6% 25.2% 57.0% 1.1% 1.7% 50.6%
Tipping Glenn Willows White 28,111 -1.9% 20.4% 41.6% 0.6% 1.8% 34.7%
2000 Madera Madera Hispanic 146,513 2.8% 33.7% 59.0% 3.9% 1.3% 50.2%
COLORADO                    
Minority Majority Status County County Seat Majority Race Population 2007 % Change White 2000-07 % Change Minority 2000-07 %
Minority 2007
% Black 2007 %
Am. Ind. 2007
%
Hispanic 2007
2000 Alamosa Alamosa White 15,313 -3.7% 9.5% 48.7% 1.1% 1.5% 43.6%
2000 Conejos Conejos Hispanic 8,074 2.6% -8.1% 57.7% 0.1% 0.8% 56.0%
2000 Costilla San Luis Hispanic 3,309 3.1% -14.8% 67.2% 0.7% 1.3% 62.7%
Tipping Lake Leadville White 7,913 -9.0% 17.9% 44.5% 0.2% 0.7% 41.8%
IDAHO                    
Minority Majority Status County County Seat Majority Race Population 2007 % Change White 2000-07 % Change Minority 2000-07 %
Minority 2007
% Black 2007 %
Am. Ind. 2007
%
Hispanic 2007
Tipping Clark Dubois White 906 -19.9% 3.8% 42.3% 0.2% 1.1% 40.0%
MONTANA                    
Minority Majority Status County County Seat Majority Race Population 2007 % Change White 2000-07 % Change Minority 2000-07 %
Minority 2007
% Black 2007 %
Am. Ind. 2007
%
Hispanic 2007
2000 Big Horn Hardin American Indian 12,798 -6.8% 5.3% 67.4% 0.5% 59.1% 4.4%
2007 Blaine Chinook Bi-Racial: Wh-AI 6,550 -11.8% -0.7% 50.5% 0.2% 46.8% 1.3%
2000 Glacier Cut Bank American Indian 13,382 -7.2% 5.5% 67.4% 0.8% 60.4% 3.1%
2000 Roosevelt Wolf Point American Indian 10,148 -14.9% 2.8% 63.4% 0.2% 58.4% 1.9%
NEW MEXICO                    
Minority Majority Status County County Seat Majority Race Population 2007 % Change White 2000-07 % Change Minority 2000-07 %
Minority 2007
% Black 2007 %
Am. Ind. 2007
%
Hispanic 2007
2007 Chaves Roswell Bi-Racial: Wh-Hsp 62,595 -8.0% 13.0% 52.8% 2.0% 0.7% 48.4%
2000 Cibola Grants Tri-Racial 27,261 2.8% 7.7% 75.9% 1.4% 39.4% 33.5%
2007 Colfax Raton Bi-Racial: Wh-Hsp 13,216 -8.3% -5.4% 50.4% 0.4% 0.9% 47.8%
2000 Curry Clovis White 45,328 -12.1% 19.0% 48.5% 7.4% 0.8% 35.3%
2000 Eddy Carlsbad White 51,002 -7.5% 7.4% 45.7% 1.6% 0.9% 41.7%
2000 Grant Silver City Bi-Racial: Wh-Hsp 29,699 -5.1% -3.3% 51.5% 0.8% 1.0% 48.1%
2000 Guadalupe Santa Rosa Hispanic 4,447 9.9% -7.8% 81.5% 1.5% 1.0% 77.8%
2000 Hidalgo Lordsburg Hispanic 4,945 -21.5% -13.0% 59.6% 0.3% 0.3% 58.2%
2007 Lea Lovington Bi-Racial: Wh-Hsp 58,043 -9.8% 21.5% 53.2% 4.4% 0.7% 46.6%
2000 Luna Deming Hispanic 26,996 1.5% 12.2% 62.5% 1.0% 0.7% 59.7%
2000 McKinley Gallup American Indian 70,059 -5.3% -6.5% 87.6% 0.9% 71.9% 13.0%
2000 Mora Mora Hispanic 5,069 9.9% -4.6% 80.8% 0.1% 0.9% 79.5%
2000 Rio Arriba Tierra Amarilla Hispanic 40,827 -1.7% -0.7% 86.1% 0.3% 13.0% 72.0%
Tipping Roosevelt Portales White 19,142 -1.7% 19.7% 41.8% 2.2% 1.1% 36.6%
2000 San Juan Aztec Bi-Racial: Wh-AI 122,427 2.3% 12.2% 55.5% 0.9% 35.4% 17.4%
2000 San Miguel Las Vegas Hispanic 28,655 -3.6% -5.2% 80.5% 0.8% 1.2% 77.0%
2000 Socorro Socorro Bi-Racial: Wh-Hsp 18,118 -0.6% 0.7% 62.1% 0.6% 11.2% 46.6%
2000 Taos Taos Hispanic 31,608 13.6% 1.1% 62.7% 0.5% 6.0% 54.8%
Tipping Torrance Estancia White 16,598 -4.0% 1.2% 43.3% 1.9% 1.9% 37.6%
UTAH                    
Minority Majority Status County County Seat Majority Race Population 2007 % Change White 2000-07 % Change Minority 2000-07 %
Minority 2007
% Black 2007 %
Am. Ind. 2007
%
Hispanic 2007
2000 San Juan Monticello American Indian 14,484 0.7% 0.3% 60.2% 0.9% 52.7% 4.4%
WASHINGTON                    
Minority Majority Status County County Seat Majority Race Population 2007 % Change White 2000-07 % Change Minority 2000-07 %
Minority 2007
% Black 2007 %
Am. Ind. 2007
%
Hispanic 2007
2007 Adams Ritzville Hispanic 16,982 -10.9% 18.4% 55.7% 0.1% 0.3% 53.5%

 

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