AP, August 9, 2006
Richardson, Texas — The La Mejor (law may-HOR’) Bakery in Richardson is in a strip mall of salons, taco shops and grocery stores.
Inside, ranchera music plays for customers.
Edgardo Zamora’s bakery is part of a transformation that’s making Dallas and the county much different from the one depicted in the long-running T-V show: “Dallas.”
Census figures show as of July of 2005, Dallas County had 130-thousand fewer white residents than it did in 2000.
In the same period, Dallas County gained more than 175-thousand Hispanic residents.
State demographer Steve Murdock says the process of ethnic change is pretty much all over the country. But Murdock says Dallas is running at a pace ahead of last time.
Here’s more on the Census:
— Harris County saw its Hispanic population increase from one-point-one (M) million to one-point-four (M) million.
Meanwhile, its white population went from one and a-half (M) million in 2000 — to one-point-four (M) million in 2005.
— In contrast, the number of white residents in Bexar (BEAR) County grew by about 25-hundred between the same period. Latinos in the county also increased their population by more than 105-housand.
U.S. Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov
State Data Center: http://www.txsdc.utsa.edu
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials http://www.naleo.org