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City's White Population Becomes Minority

As of the 2010 census, Powder Springs' black citizens outnumber any other racial group.

The past decade brought a demographic shift to Powder Springs as the white population declined and changed from a clear majority to a minority, according to figures from the 2010 census.

That white flight occurred even as the city's overall population grew by nearly 12 percent from 12,481 to 13,940.

Those numbers are among the nuggets in the vast amount of official local data the Census Bureau began releasing for areas in Georgia on Thursday. Those official numbers, replacing previous estimates and establishing the benchmarks for the next decade, show that Georgia had 9,687,653 people in April 2010, an increase of about 1.5 million from 10 years earlier but below census estimates of 9.9 million.

Cobb County's citizenship grew 13.2 percent over the decade, or 80,327 people, to 688,078. While that makes Cobb the state's fourth-largest county, the figure is more than 4 percent below estimates the Census Bureau released last month for the county's population in April 2010.

The census found that Powder Springs, which had a 57.9 percent white majority in 2000, no longer had a racial majority in 2010. Some 1,400 fewer whites lived in the city in 2010 than did so 10 years earlier, cutting that group to 41.6 percent of the population.

Meanwhile, the black population grew from 4,666 (37.4 percent) in April 2000 to 6,961 in April 2010 (49.9 percent), a plurality but just short of an actual population majority.

The population of Hispanics, who can be part of any racial group, grew from 539 (4.3 percent of the total) in 2000 to 1,267 (9.1 percent) in 2010.

More census figures from Powder Springs, Cobb County and Georgia are listed below.

Powder Springs Population
Total18 years and over NumberPercentNumberPercent

2010 population

13,940 100.0 9,965 100.0

2000 population

12,481 8,257

Increase

1,459 11.7 1,708 20.7 RACE         One race, 2010
13,540 97.1 9,775 98.1 White, 2010
5,802 41.6 4,687 47.0 White, 2000 7,225 57.9 5,130 62.1 Black or African American, 2010
6,961 49.9 4,591 46.1 Black or African American, 2000 4,666 37.4 2,788 33.8 American Indian and Alaska Native, 2010
25 0.2 14 0.1 Asian, 2010
147 1.1 122 1.2 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 2010
4 0.0 4 0.0 Some Other Race, 2010
601 4.3 357 3.6 Two or More Races 400 2.9 190 1.9           HISPANIC OR LATINO AND RACE         Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 2010
1,267 9.1 748 7.5 Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 2000 539 4.3 325 3.9 Not Hispanic or Latino 12,673 90.9 9,217 92.5 One race 12,364 88.7 9,073 91.0 White 5,304 38.0 4,380 44.0 Black or African American 6,850 49.1 4,542 45.6 American Indian and Alaska Native 14 0.1 10 0.1 Asian 145 1.0 120 1.2 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 2 0.0 2 0.0 Some Other Race 49 0.4 19 0.2 Two or More Races 309 2.2 144 1.4           HOUSING UNITS         Total housing units 5,477 100.0               OCCUPANCY STATUS         Occupied housing units 4,780 87.3     Vacant housing units 697 12.7    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census.

Cobb County Population
Total18 years and over NumberPercentNumberPercent 2010 population 688,078 100.0 511,591 100.0 2000 population 607,751 449,345 Increase 80,327 13.2 62,246 13.9 RACE         One race 669,415 97.3 501,694 98.1 White 428,023 62.2 333,513 65.2 Black or African American 171,774 25.0 120,602 23.6 American Indian and Alaska Native 2,314 0.3 1,605 0.3 Asian 30,657 4.5 22,926 4.5 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 346 0.1 265 0.1 Some Other Race 36,301 5.3 22,783 4.5 Two or More Races 18,663 2.7 9,897 1.9           HISPANIC OR LATINO AND RACE         Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 84,330 12.3 53,080 10.4 Not Hispanic or Latino 603,748 87.7 458,511 89.6 One race 590,483 85.8 451,648 88.3 White 387,438 56.3 307,377 60.1 Black or African American 168,053 24.4 118,412 23.1 American Indian and Alaska Native 1,332 0.2 1,016 0.2 Asian 30,432 4.4 22,771 4.5 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 267 0.0 212 0.0 Some Other Race 2,961 0.4 1,860 0.4 Two or More Races 13,265 1.9 6,863 1.3           HOUSING UNITS         Total housing units 286,490 100.0               OCCUPANCY STATUS         Occupied housing units 260,056 90.8     Vacant housing units 26,434 9.2    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census.

 

Georgia Population
Total18 years and over NumberPercentNumberPercent 2010 population 9,687,653 100.0 7,196,101 100.0 2000 population 8,186,453 6,017,219 Increase 1,501,200 18.3 1,178,882 19.6 RACE         One race 9,480,164 97.9 7,089,529 98.5 White 5,787,440 59.7 4,481,721 62.3 Black or African American 2,950,435 30.5 2,097,470 29.1 American Indian and Alaska Native 32,151 0.3 23,053 0.3 Asian 314,467 3.2 236,031 3.3 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 6,799 0.1 4,751 0.1 Some Other Race 388,872 4.0 246,503 3.4 Two or More Races 207,489 2.1 106,572 1.5           HISPANIC OR LATINO AND RACE         Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 853,689 8.8 539,002 7.5 Not Hispanic or Latino 8,833,964 91.2 6,657,099 92.5 One race 8,681,984 89.6 6,579,754 91.4 White 5,413,920 55.9 4,242,514 59.0 Black or African American 2,910,800 30.0 2,072,946 28.8 American Indian and Alaska Native 21,279 0.2 16,324 0.2 Asian 311,692 3.2 234,164 3.3 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 5,152 0.1 3,699 0.1 Some Other Race 19,141 0.2 10,107 0.1 Two or More Races 151,980 1.6 77,345 1.1           HOUSING UNITS         Total housing units 4,088,801 100.0               OCCUPANCY STATUS         Occupied housing units 3,585,584 87.7     Vacant housing units 503,217 12.3    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census.

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