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Major Minorities 

According to a recent report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in every 10 of the nation's 3,141 counties has a population that is more than 50 percent minority. Here are some highlights:

• Claiborne County, Miss., had a population that was 85 percent black in 2006, which led the nation. All 50 counties with the highest percentage black population were in the South.

• Los Angeles County, Calif., had the largest Asian population (1.4 million) in 2006.

• Starr County, Texas had the highest Hispanic proportion of its total population in 2006, at 97 percent. In fact, each of the 11 counties with the highest Hispanic proportion of its total population was in Texas.

• Maricopa County, Ariz., had the largest numerical increase (3,700) of American Indian and Alaska Native between 2005 and 2006.

• Hawaii County, Hawaii and Clark County, Nev., (home of Las Vegas) had the largest numerical increases in Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders since July 2005.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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