PO Box 2945, Holland, MI 49422
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A Critical Opportunity to Support Change
Nationally, between 2000 and 2010, all races except White showed double-digit increases in population; the Hispanic population grew at an increase of 45%. This growth will continue and by 2042, it is projected the population of people of color will surpass that of the white, non-Hispanic population. In addition, 80% of seniors are Caucasian and only in a few counties are most seniors of color. But the majority of babies born in the last two years were nonwhite - young Americans are increasingly people of color.
This is our future; however, equal access and opportunity for those who are quickly becoming the majority of the population is still greatly influenced by our past. Our cities’ neighborhoods are still defined by lines of segregation. According to the most recent data on infant mortality, high school attainment, unemployment, household income, and life expectancy, people of color face consistent and significant disparities compared to Caucasians.
the ten largest counties in Michigan, Ottawa County is the only county
to experience a double-digit increase in its population growth rate
since 2000. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of African Americans
in Ottawa County more than doubled, and the Native American, Asian, and
Hispanic populations all increased by 35% respectively. Ottawa
County is 90% Caucasian; however, the central city, Holland, is now
30% people of color. In addition, the first ring suburb has experienced a
26% increase in people of color over the last ten years. Residents are
finding themselves living shoulder-to-shoulder with people from cultures
with which they have little experience or understanding.
 U.S. Census Bureau