Diversity here and there

Rappahannock population facts may or may not surprise

In Rappahannock County and beyond, President Trump has come under fire in recent days for reportedly questioning why a nation of immigrants allows people from certain [expletive] countries to enter the United States.

Whether the president uttered what many perceived to be a racially derogatory remark or not — he denies uttering any such slur — one thing is for certain: the U.S. population continues to grow more diverse while Rappahannock County does not.

In the most recent one-year period for which it has figures, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that the United States, with a January 2018 estimated population of 326.9 million, has seen its Hispanic population grow by 2 percent to 57.5 million, its Asian population grow by 3 percent to 21.4 million, its American Indian population grow by 1.4 percent to 6.7 million, its African American population grow by 1.2 percent to 46.8 million, those who identify as being of two or more races grow by 3 percent to 8.5 million, and its white population grow by 0.5 percent to 256 million.

Comparably, Rappahannock County, with an estimated 2017 population of 7,388, has an Hispanic population standing at 3.8 percent, an Asian population at 0.8 percent, an American Indian population at 0.3 percent, an African American population at 4.5 percent, those who identify as being of two or more races at 2 percent, and a white population of 92.3 percent.

One Census report shows minitory numbers in Rappahannock revised down slightly from the county’s immediate prior population figures.

As an aside, Census figures surrounding age and sex in Rappahannock County reveal the percentage of women and men residing here are virtually identical, about 50 percent each.

Otherwise, 17.7 percent of the Rappahannock County population are under 18 years of age (4.2 percent of those under 18 are 5 years old or under) and 26.1 percent are 65 years old and over.

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  1. Growing up here iit was a time when not only were the schools racially segregated, everyone else was a WASP! Now lookng at almost any program or roster for school athletic or cultutal events, one finds a much more ethnically varied list of surnames.
    I was not aware of or knew anyone Jewish or Roman Catholic here. When I went to the University of Virginia I had several Jewish students living in my dormitory suite. I have often told the story about how I did not know any Jewish people growing up, there were none living in. my county. And one of my Jewish friends saying that there must have been at least one, running a drugstore. And had to say that we didn’t have a drugstore!
    As for Roman Catholics, I recall that some people regarded them as strange,alien, even sinister,(much as some today regard Muslims), knew little or nothing about the faith. Got to know some in Charlottesville of course, attended some services, and knew a couple priests whom I admired and rsspected very much. Likewise some folks in the local Quaker community..
    As for the declining Affrican American population, it is a reflection of a wider process that has been going on for at least the past 100 years, black people moving from rural to urban areas, from the South to the North, attempting to get away from at least the more egregious forms of racist oppression and its related ills. Ironically, this has enriched our wider culture.The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and New Orleans jazz being only two of many examples.
    Another memory of those early days of my UVa life was how surprised some people were that someone from a place like Rappahannock County held more liberal or progressive views than many if not most other undergraduates at the time(UVa then was a mostly white all male,conservative school, at lesst at the undergrad level). Remember an American Government class discussion secttion when the instructor asked if anyone identified as a Democrat.I spoke up and was then asked if I was a Lyndon Johnson or Harry Byrd Democrat. I answered that why no, I was a Robert Kennedy Democrat. (STILL AM!)

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