Gwinnett’s nonwhite populations continue to grow, Census says

Myrna Gacusan gives 11-year old Rinna a hug before she begins her school day at Coleman Middle School in Duluth on August 7, 2017. The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta triggered a population boom — and international immigrants — in the Atlanta area. With a school system that was already beginning to be considered among the best in the Southeast, Gwinnett County was a popular destination. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

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Gwinnett County’s nonwhite population has grown by more than 7% since 2010, new U.S.Census data shows.

The overall nonwhite growth rate was 7.2% between 2010 and 2018, according to the Census Bureau. The black population grew by 36.7%, with 187,058 black residents in 2010 and 255,622 in 2018. Black residents also made up the largest nonwhite demographic group, according to the 2018 data.

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The Asian population had the second highest rate of growth, increasing by 30.6% over eight years. There were 87,835 residents of Asian descent in 2010 and 114,724 in 2018.

The Hispanic and Latino population grew by 22.3% between 2010 and 2018, with 162,963 residents in 2010 and 199,272 in 2018. Hispanic and Latino population counts can overlap with other demographic groups because they are considered ethnic identifiers, not a race; you can mark on Census forms that you are a race like white or black and also denote that you are Hispanic or Latino.

The two racial demographic groups that decreased where white and Native American. White residents still made up the largest portion of Gwinnett’s population, but decreased by 3.4%. There were 366,960 white residents in 2010 and 354,330 in 2018, according to the Census Bureau. The county’s small Native American population also decreased slightly, from 1611 residents to 1487, a 0.16% change.

Gwinnett’s overall population also grew in the past eight years, rising by 14.8%. The county went from 808,049 residents in 2010 to 927,781 in 2018.

— Newsroom Data Specialist Jennifer Peebles contributed to this report.

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