Erie County residents are more diverse in 2016 than they were in 2010, according to the Census Bureau data, and this is largely due to refugees.
The number of people in Erie county who identified themselves as a minority race increased to 12 percent of the total population. This is almost a 2 percent increase from 2010. This includes those who self-identified themselves as black/African American, American Indian/Native American, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Islander, or more than one race. Meanwhile, the number of residents who identified their race as white decreased by 7,607 people between 2010 and 2016.
“…A lot of our refugees do an excellent job at becoming part of the larger community,” said Dylanna Jackson, director of the International Institute of Erie.
The city’s refugee population was about 10,000 in March.
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