WASHINGTON DC (CBS4) – To paraphrase the Greek philosopher Heraclitus “The only constant is change” and that is never more true than in Broward County were the U.S. Census Bureau has noted a change in the make up of the population over the last decade.

Since the 200 Census, there has been a substantial shift in the numbers of blacks and Hispanics who call the county home, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

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In 2000, Hispanics accounted for 17 percent of the population; that figure has now jumped to 23 percent. The African-American population has increased from 21 to 24 percent.

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The survey shows the increases are partly from an increase in the county’s immigrant population; Broward’s increased (from 25 to 30 percent) while at the same time Miami-Dade showed a decrease. The numbers also showed that the number of people who speak a language other than English at home rose to 35 percent.

Over the next two decades, experts say Broward is likely to become a majority-minority community with 35 percent of the population being of Hispanic descent, 30 percent African-American and 27 percent white, non-Hispanic.

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