Nevada County is the second whitest county in the state, but changes are afoot in the foothills and Sierra, making the region more racially diverse than 10 years ago, according to census data released this week.
The percentage of population that is “white alone” in our county stands at 86.5 percent, the data I examined shows. Only neighboring Sierra county ranks higher, at 88.1 percent.
The local census data shows an interesting dichotomy in a state that is becoming more racially diverse.
Some changes are occurring in the foothills and Sierra region, however. In 2000, Plumas, Butte, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calvareas, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties were 9.7 percent to 19.9 percent “non white,” the lowest possible percentages, the data shows.
In 2010, however, three of the nine — Placer, El Dorado and Amador — were now categorized as 20 percent to 34.9 percent non white. More of the neighboring counties, Sacramento and Stanislaus, are becoming more non white too.
The whitest areas in our western county are Alta Sierra at 88.7; Lake of the Pines, at 89.3 percent; and Lake Wildwood, at 90.7 percent, according to the data. The least white — relatively speaking — is North San Juan at 82.2 percent and Truckee at 77.7 percent. Nevada City is at 87.4 percent.
The statewide total stands at 40.1 percent.
SLOW POPULATION GROWTH
From 2000 to 2010, Nevada County also was one of the slower growing counties, at 7.3 percent, the data shows. Grass Valley grew fastest at 17.7 percent, followed by Truckee at 16.7 percent and Nevada City at 2.2 percent. (In more recent years, growth has stalled, as state data shows).
Among the 10-year decliners were Sierra County, falling 8.9 percent, and Plumas, dropping 3.9 percent.
By contrast, statewide population growth was at 10 percent.
A link to the census data, including some maps, is here.
” The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2010 Census Redistricting (Public Law 94-171) File for California on March 8, 2011. These are the first results from the 2010 Census,” according to the county’s Friday memo. “This file contains total population and population 18 years and older by race and Hispanic or Latino and total housing units, households (occupied units), and vacant units for local geographic areas
down to the census block level.”
As reader Bob Garza wrote in an earlier post, “Despite all the sound and fury emanating from certain parts of our county about immigrants and government and lord knows what else to afraid of, the truth is that social, cultural, and economic forces in the country and the world will change our community. The smart thing to do would be to embrace the change and make this an even better place to live.”