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North Dakota Tops US Fastest-Growing Micro Areas

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Census Bureau has released a list of the fastest-growing micro areas in the nation between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011, and three of the top 10 are located in North Dakota, with Williston, N.D. in the top spot.

North Dakota has seen rapid growth because of the oil drilling boom going on there.  The local paper, the Williston Herald, notes that the census doesn’t even count people living in temporary shelter.

“There are 10,000 people living in man camps in Williams County alone, and well more than a thousand households have been built in the last two years,” the paper reported.

Among the top 50 fastest-growing micro areas, New Mexico contained more micro areas than any other state: Gallup (11th), Portales (12th), Alamogordo (13th), Clovis (15th), Grants (34th) and Los Alamos (42nd).

Not one of the aforementioned areas was among the 50 fastest-growing micro areas between 2000 and 2010, which speaks to the changes in population growth in the last 12 years.

“Our nation is constantly changing, and these estimates provide us with our first measure of how much substate areas have grown or declined in total population since Census Day, April 1, 2010,” Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said.  “We’re already seeing different patterns of population growth than we saw in the last decade.”

The second spot went to The Villages, a retirement community in and around Sumter County in central Florida.  In 2000, The Villages had 8,333 residents -- now it has 97,756.

Here are the 10 fastest-growing micro areas from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau:

1. Williston, N.D. (8.8 percent increase)
2. The Villages, Fla. (4.6 percent increase)
3. Andrews, Texas (4.5 percent increase)
4. Dickinson, N.D. (4.0 percent increase)
5. Dunn, N.C. (4.0 percent increase)
6. Statesboro, Ga. (3.8 percent increase)
7. Heber, Utah  (3.8 percent increase)
8. Minot, N.D. (3.6 percent increase)
9. Tifton, Ga. (3.3 percent increase)
10. Guymon, Okla. (3.3 percent increase)

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US Census Finds Rapid Growth in Senior Population

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Good news for seniors: It’s getting easier to get a date.

That’s one takeaway from a U.S. Census Bureau number crunch on older Americans.  The senior population not only is larger than ever before -- at 40.3 million -- it also includes a larger proportion of men, given their increasing life expectancy.

In 1990 there were only 82.7 men for every 100 women aged 65-plus.  As of 2010, the bureau reported Wednesday, that was up to 90.5 men per 100 women, courtesy of the narrowing differential in mortality rates.

From 2000 to 2010, the bureau reported, the number of older men rose by three million, to 17.4 million, while the number of older women increased by 2.3 million, to 22.9 million.

The senior population overall grew by 15.1 percent compared with the 2000 Census -- a faster growth rate than that of the U.S. population as a whole, at 9.7 percent.  Seniors now account for 13 percent of the total population, their largest share in history, and up from just 4.1 percent in 1900.

Moreover, the bureau advised, there’s a bigger change coming: The leading edge of the baby boom turns 65 this year, portending a major growth in the senior population in years ahead.

Given the size of the boomer generation, it said, “Future growth of the older population is both highly probable and unprecedented in the United States.”

That population growth is likely to have a variety of impacts, including geographic distribution, given the preference of older adults for warmer climes.  Florida continues to have the greatest percentage of population that is senior -- 17.3 percent -- and 14.9 million of the nation’s older adults live in the South, almost six million more than in the next closest region (the Midwest, with nine million).  That said, the region with the fastest growth in its 65-plus population from 2000 to 2010 was the West, up by 23.5 percent.

There were 53,364 centenarians in 2010, up 5.8 percent from 2000.

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US Birth Rates Suggest White Majority Could Become Minority

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- New census figures suggest children of minority descent could reflect the face of America's future.

For the first time ever, non-white Americans, Latino, African-American, and Asian American outnumber white children.

"The idea where we had a white, middle-class population that we talked about in the 1950s and 1960s, that's disappearing," said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institute.

The new generation is still in the cradle, but as the infants grow up America will start to look very different.

Already, the trend lines are becoming clearer: Older Americans are whiter.  Younger Americans are more non-white.

Most of the change is being driven by a surging Latino population with a much higher birth rate than any other ethnic group.  It is further bolstered by legal immigration.

In fact, according to the Census Bureau, more than half of the growth in the U.S. population between 2000 and 2010 was because of growth in the Hispanic population.  Between 2000 and 2010 the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent while the non-Hispanic population grew only 5 percent.

Latinos have already passed African Americans as America's largest minority.  Latino Americans now number close to 50 million people compared to 38 million African Americans.

Whites remain a majority.  About 223 million people in the United States reported they are white, which accounts for 72 percent of all people living in the United States.

A March 2011 study in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry journal about multiracial children pointed out that two million American children have parents of different races, making them one of the fastest growing segments in America.

The implications of this evolving America are poised to touch everything from politics, where Hispanic voters wield increasing power, to education.

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The Seven-Year Itch Is Still Alive and Well, Census Shows

Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A new Census Bureau report shows that after seven years, some married couples are itching to go their separate ways.

The problem for the unhappy spouses, according to the government, is that the break-up usually doesn't become final for another year. 

The 2010 survey found that the median period for first-time married couples who eventually divorce is seven years, while the median time for the legal end of their unions is eight years.

Meanwhile, the Census Bureau found that 75 percent of people in their first marriages are still together.

The survey also shows that people married for a second-time make up eight percent of all couples, while people in their third marriage comprise one percent.

While fewer Americans are getting hitched these days, the longevity of marriages appears to be on the increase.  The Census Bureau says that 55 percent of marriages have lasted 15 years or more while a third have made it to their silver anniversary.  Six percent of all married couples have managed to stick it out for 50 years or longer.

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10 New Findings from the US Census

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The 2010 U.S. Census shows minority groups growing, old industrial cities like Detroit and Cleveland shrinking, and plenty of homes still to be had in central Florida.

Those are just some of the pieces of information coming out as the Census Bureau rolls out data from last year's survey.

Here are some of the new findings from the census:

1. From 2000-2010, the population of white children declined by 4.3 million, while Hispanic and Asian children grew by 5.5 million, based on data from the 1990, 2000 and 2010 decennial censuses.

William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, estimated in a report that if data from the 2010 Census is taken into account, there will be a minority white child population "quite likely" by 2019.  Previous Census Bureau projections showed the U.S. would become "minority white" by 2042, and the child population could reach that by 2023.

2. Detroit lost over 237,000 people over the last decade, causing its population to drop by 25 percent.  The Motor City's population fell to 713,777 in 2010 from 951,270 in 2000.  While a drop was expected, the degree of the population loss was still surprising to many.

3. The warmest areas of the country saw greater population growth than the coldest areas of the country.  The warmest 40 percent of counties had an average population growth of over eight percent from 2000 to 2010, and the coldest 40 percent of counties had an average population growth of under three percent, according to Edward Glaeser, an economics professor at Harvard and director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

4. Owsley County in Kentucky had the lowest median household income in the U.S. -- not including Puerto Rico -- making it the poorest county in the country.  The county's median income decreased to $18,869 in 2009 from $20,346 in 2000, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey data.

5. Residents in Westchester County in New York had a median $9,044 in real estate taxes -- the highest in the country -- according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey data in 2009.  Three counties in New York and seven counties in New Jersey comprise the top 10 list.

6. In Orlando, Florida, the home vacancy rate is 4.3 percent and apartment vacancy rate is 23.6 percent, according to Census data from the fourth quarter of 2010 compiled by Forbes.  These figures make the city the most vacant in the U.S.

7. The number of Puerto Ricans identifying as black or American Indian increased over 50 percent in the past ten years, according to Census data.

8. The region with the highest percentage of same-sex couples raising children (26.3 percent) was the "East South Central" region, which includes Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

9. Cleveland saw its lowest population in 100 years. Cleveland's population decreased to its lowest total in 100 years, falling by 17 percent to 396,815, according to the Census Bureau, after 80,000 residents left the city.

10. The percentage of African Americans in metropolitan areas of the south who moved to the suburbs increased to 58 percent, compared to 41 percent in the rest of the U.S., according to Census figures.

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Census Data Shows America's Population Center Has Moved South

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- During the past 10 years, America's population center moved about 40 miles west from Edgar Springs, Missouri in 2000, to Plato, Missouri, according to the latest data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

Specifically, the bureau identified the mean center of population as 2.7 miles northeast of Plato, a village with a population of 109.  The mean center represents the middle of the nation's population distribution.

In 2000, the population center of the country rested in Phelps County, Missouri.  In 1790, the year Washington, D.C. was named the nation's capital, the mean center of population sat in Kent County, Maryland.

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Census Data Shows Changed American Landscape

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The American landscape shifted dramatically compared with a decade ago, becoming more Hispanic, multi-racial and mobile with people moving toward the Sun Belt and away from cities to suburbs.

With the final local data from the 2010 Census set to be released Thursday, the country witnessed a significant change in its racial composition.

The expansion in the Hispanic or Latino population accounted for more than half of the growth across the country over the past decade, rising by more than half in three-quarters of the states released thus far.
In Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland and six other states, the Hispanic population more than doubled, and in the booming Southwest, Hispanics accounted for the greatest spike in growth.  In the state of New Mexico, the Hispanic population eclipsed the white population for the first time, rising to make up more than 46 percent of the state's population compared with the 40 percent for whites.  Hispanic populations in California and Texas inched closer to becoming their state's majority.

Some states would have lost a significant amount of their population without the boost in minority growth.  Massachusetts grew by just over 198,000 people while its white population fell by 194,000.  The 46 percent growth in both the Hispanic and Asian populations boosted its overall population and prevented the state from experiencing a negative growth rate.

A large portion of this minority growth is attributed to the rise of Hispanics in the youth population.  In Nevada, 61 percent of children are minorities compared with 41 percent of adults.

In addition to this general uptick in minorities across the country, the locations where many Americans choose to live changed, specifically within the black population as more people identifying themselves as black or African American headed south.

Overall, the Sun Belt experienced some of the greatest population growth in the country.  Nevada outpaced the country, expanding by more than 35 percent while Arizona, Utah and Texas followed with growth more than 20 percent.

The Census Bureau will announce the mean center of population later Thursday, but growth trends of the states released thus far suggest it might move slightly to the South.  In 2000, it rested in Phelps County, Missouri, and in 1790, the year Washington, D.C. was named the nation's capital, the mean center of population sat in Kent County, Maryland.  The mean center represents the middle of the nation's population distribution.

Along with this shift of population to the South, has come a shift from cities to suburbs.  The suburbs of southern cities such as Atlanta, Dallas and Houston, saw record gains in overall populations.  More than half of the cities with large black populations experienced declines in their populations because of an exodus to the suburbs.

As some cities recorded a loss in population to the suburbs, many cities experienced a racial rebalancing with steadily growing numbers of Hispanics and shifting numbers of whites and blacks.  In Thursday's data, demographers expect Washington, D.C. and New York City to increase in the number of whites in their cities for the first time since the 1950s.

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Motor City Blues: Detroit Loses 25 Percent of its Population

Comstock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- With trouble brewing in the auto industry and more people moving to the suburbs, the Motor City experienced a staggering loss in its population, shrinking by one quarter in a decade.  While New Orleans lost 29 percent of its people due to a natural disaster, Detroit experienced a 25-percent population decrease in part because of a disaster of another sort -- economic strife.

2010 Census data released Tuesday shows Detroit shed more than 237,000 people over a 10-year period. When you do the math, the shrinking of Detroit amounts to a loss of 65 people each day for a decade.

The Motor City’s population peaked at 1.8 million in 1950, making it the fifth largest city in the nation in that year.

The state of Michigan was the only state to lose population in the 2010 Census.  The state’s population shrank by .6 percent, or just nearly 55,000 people.

But while the state decreased in population, Michigan did experience the nationwide trend of an influx in Hispanic population.  The number of Hispanics in the state increased by over 34 percent, adding 112,000 people, while the white and African-American populations dropped by 194,000 and 236,000 people, respectively.

And not only did Michigan experience a loss in its population size, but it also lost one congressional seat in the reapportionment process.  With such a significant decrease in its population, the Motor City might be singing the blues again come redistricting decision time.

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2010 Census: Hispanic Population Surges in New Mexico

Spencer Platt/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) -- While the Southwest grew in overall population, New Mexico saw a shift in the composition of its population as Hispanics became the largest group in the state, according to 2010 Census data released Tuesday.

The number of Hispanics in New Mexico surged to become the largest group in the state, making up 46.3 percent of the population.  Whites now make up 40.5 percent of the state.

This is a stark change since 2000, when 44.7 percent of the state’s population consisted of whites.  At that time, Hispanics made up only 42.1 percent of the population.

Part of this leapfrogging can be credited to the faster pace at which Hispanics grew. The Hispanic population increased by 24.6 percent in New Mexico since 2000 while whites grew at only a 2.5 percent rate.

Overall, the state of New Mexico experienced a boom as it expanded by 13.2 percent with its three largest cities -- Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Rio Rancho -- growing substantially at 21.7 percent, 31.4 percent, and 69.1 percent, respectively.

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