News in Brief: A National Roundup
U.S. Minority Growth Tracked
In 2005, the nation’s minority population totaled 33 percent, or 98 million of the country’s 296.4 million residents, the U.S. Census Bureau said last week. The mid-decade numbers showed that Hispanics are both the largest and the fastest-growing minority group, with a 3.3 percent increase from July 1, 2004, to July 1 of last year, and a total of 42.7 million residents. Hispanics, who may be of any race, accounted for almost half the nation’s population growth in that time. About one-third of the Hispanic population was under 18, compared with one-fourth of the total population, the bureau reported.
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