The population of Columbus grew only about 2 percent over the past decade to 189,885, but Census statistics released this afternoon revealed a significant demographic shift: the city now has more blacks than whites.
The population of whites decreased by about 8.5 percent over the past 10 years, while the black population added 5.45 percent. The Census shows the city has 85,119 blacks and 82,890 whites. In 2000, there were 90,668 whites and 80,720 blacks.
The Hispanic population of Columbus increased more than 44 percent from 8,372 to 12,110, the data show. The Asian population increased more than 45 percent to 4,061.
Harris County's population increased by more than 35 percent to 32,024. The white population increased by about 34 percent, while the black population added nearly 19 percent.
Chattahoochee County's population decreased about 24 percent -- from 14,883 to 11,267. In Troup County's population jumped about 14 percent to about 67,044
The population of Phenix City, meanwhile, grew by 16 percent since the 2000 Census. It now has a population of about 32,822.