The amazing racial transformation of Cobb County 


The amazing racial transformation of Cobb County 

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Kindergartners (from left) Ian DeOliviera, Adam Ajayi, Ximena Benitez and Eden Sterling, all 6, at Carman Adventist School in Marietta. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Quick quiz: Of the most populous counties in Georgia – Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb, Clayton – which one is still majority white; that is, white people represent more than 50 percent or more of the total population? 

If you said anything but Cobb County, try again. 

AJC's RE:Race seeks to foster a constructive, respectful conversation about race and ethnicity in Georgia. It may not be comfortable and you may not always agree. But the conversation is what's important.

Gwinnett reached its “tipping point” 10 years ago and now is 39 percent white. Cobb is expected to become “majority minority” in just a few years, and the state of Georgia as a whole is expected to reach that milestone in 2033. 

This is according to Woods & Poole Economics Inc., a Washington D.C., firm that specializes in economic and demographic data on counties. The AJC compiled this information as part of its new RE: Race coverage. Coming later today: an interactive graphic that enables you to track actual or projected demographic breakdowns of every Georgia county from 1990 through 2050. 

With the RE: Race project, the AJC has undertaken new coverage of diversity in Georgia with the goal of fostering a respectful community conversation. In the video, members of the RE: Race team talk about race and why this coverage is so important.

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