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Number of Minority Infants Increasing in Lane County

By Lauren Mickler

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — The U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2011, 21.9 percent of Lane County’s population is made up of ethnic minorities.

But when looking at children younger than a year old, the race percentages are closer in comparison.

The 2011 estimated population shows 38.7 percent of Lane County children younger than one are ethnic minorities. That’s up from 37.2 percent in 2010.

Analyst Bill Clingman with the Lane Council of Governments says to keep in mind the calculation includes any non-white or mixed-race children.

While these are just estimates, the results are telling.

“I think our population is going to become increasingly diverse over time, in terms of single race and in terms of people with mixed racial backgrounds,” Clingman said.

In the state of Oregon, the ethnic minority population for children younger than one is 17 percent higher than the total population.

And census bureau analysts say the ethnic minority percentage in the younger-than-one age group is increasing at a faster rate than that of the total population, which is similar to the trend we’re seeing across the U.S.

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