Douglas loses a person in population |

Douglas loses a person in population

Douglas County lost a single person in population over the course of two years, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The estimate for the county’s population for July 1, 2012, was 46,996, just one shy of the Census figures from April 2010 of 46,997.

During the interim there was a small jump in population with the July 2011 estimate of 47,015.

During that year deaths outstripped births in the county, according to the census with 369 babies being born to Douglas residents while 438 died.

While minorities in the county increased over the two years, the vast majority of Douglas County residents, 39,461, described themselves as Caucasian non-Hispanic, according to the census.

The largest percentage gain, according to the census was among African American residents, whose numbers grew from 425 to 684 between 2010 and 2012, or 61 percent.

The county’s American Indian population, the largest of its designated races, grew slightly during that period of time from 1,564 to 1,575. That category is represented largely by members of the Washoe Tribe, whose headquarters are in Gardnerville.

Asians saw a large increase during the two-year interval from 1,194 to 1,513 in July 2012, or an 26.7 percent increase.

Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders also saw a large increase from 223 to 310.

Douglas County’s Hispanic population grew during the three years, much as it did in the rest of the state. Because the Census counts Hispanics as an ethnicity instead of a race, their numbers are included in the other categories as well.

Those Hispanics who consider themselves Caucasian, increased from 4,799 in 2010 to 5,034 in 2012. Those in the other four categories combined for 578 in 2010, which grew to 748 in 2012.

During the two years, the percentage of people who said they were Hispanic increased from 11.4 percent of the county’s total population to 12.3 percent.

Nevada’s overall population increased by 58,379 people from April 2010 to July 1, 2012 to 2.75 million.