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Grays Harbor racial diversity increases in 2020 Census

Grays Harbor saw increased racial diversity in the past decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau data on each area within the county.

In the recently released data, it broke down the approximate racial makeup of each census track within the county.

Comparing these total figures to the 2010 and 2000 census figures, it shows that the dominance of residents who identify as White has declined over the past twenty years as the area has become more diverse.

In the data from the recent census and compiled by KXRO, approximately 78% of Grays Harbor residents are White, a drop from 85% in 2010 and 88% in 2000. Overall, these numbers have also dropped nearly 3000 total residents over the twenty year period.

The amount of residents who identify as being of mixed, or two or more races, saw the greatest increase since 2010. Currently, nearly 9% of the local population identifies as such.

Nearly all racial breakdowns offered by the census saw an increase in the latest figures. American Indian or Alaska Native community members saw their numbers rise from approximately 4.6% to 5.3%, while the Hispanic or Latino resident population went from 8.6% to 10.3% across the decade.

The Black of African American population of Grays Harbor saw their numbers locally go from around 225 in 2000 to over 1000 in 2020, based on those who identified themselves during the census.

Grays Harbor County – Overview 2020 Census 2020 Census 2010 Census 2010 Census 2000 Census 2000 Census
Counts Percentages Counts Percentages Counts Percentages
Total Population 75,636 96.04% 72,797 100.00% 67,194 100.00%
Population by Race
American Indian and Alaska Native 3,818 5.26% 3,325 4.57% 3,132 4.66%
Asian 1,030 1.42% 1,032 1.42% 818 1.22%
Black or African American 1,012 1.39% 803 1.10% 226 0.34%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 133 0.18% 182 0.25% 73 0.11%
Some Other Race 3,552 4.89% 2,817 3.87% 1,527 2.27%
Two or More Races 6,501 8.95% 2,813 3.86% 2,083 3.10%
White 56,595 77.91% 61,825 84.93% 59,335 88.30%
Population by Hispanic or Latino Origin
Persons Not of Hispanic or Latino Origin 68,124 93.78% 66,525 91.38% 63,936 95.15%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin 7,512 10.34% 6,272 8.62% 3,258 4.85%

 

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