No longer does one group make up the majority of Montgomery County. That's the big headline from the release of Maryland's Census Data this past week. With the non-Hispanic white population dropping to 49.3 percent, Montgomery is now a majority-minority county.
On top of that, the county grew 11.2 percent, adding more than 98,000 residents since the last decennial census in 2000.
In many ways, Wheaton is a microcosm of what's happening in the county at large. Overall, the area increased its population by 10.6 percent, making it one of the top areas in the county for growth.
As the county grows more diverse, so does Wheaton. The entire county increased its Hispanic population by 64.5 percent; Wheaton's increase was 61.1 percent. Hispanic residents (of any race) now make up 38.5 percent of Wheaton.
In the next couple of weeks, Patch will be looking deeper into these numbers to find out more about how our county, and Wheaton specifically, is changing.