DALLAS COUNTY GETS BROWNER

That’s what new data released by the Census Bureau shows. As the alert FBvian who sent this to me notes, the local media seem to be ignoring this story. The highlight:

While robust Hispanic growth continues in Texas’ urban and suburban counties, nowhere has the change come as quickly as in Dallas County, where non-Hispanic whites appear to be pouring outward.

Dallas County had lost about 120,000 whites between the 2000 Census and July 2005, according to the government’s latest demographic estimates. That’s slightly more than it lost for all of the 1990s.

Meanwhile, Hispanic growth is on roughly the same pace of the past decade to gain about 350,000, but the Latino share of the county’s population jumped a full 6.5 points to 36.2 percent in slightly more than five years.

“This is a county in fairly dramatic change,” said state demographer Steve Murdock, director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

I say it’s time for a name change. El Dallas? Los Dallas? (For the record, I’m fairly certain I’ve stolen this joke from Rod.)

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