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Minority the Majority

More job opportunities and growing families are the reason for an increase in population through out the panhandle, according to Zach Lujan, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce More job opportunities and growing families are the reason for an increase in population through out the panhandle, according to Zach Lujan, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Hispanic culture is growing around the country and in Amarillo.

In 2005 there were nearly 10 thousand more Hispanic residents in Amarillo than in 2000. Some say that number will only continue to grow along side other minority populations in the city.

The US Census Bureau estimates by 2050 half the population will be minorities. While Amarillo isn't there yet, but we have seen a increase in many ethnic groups over the years.

"The Asian community is under ten percent of the population, and the African American community is in the teens, maybe the 20's. But the Hispanic population is rapidly growing. It tends to grow faster than others." President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Zach Lujan says.

Lujan says Amarillo is on track to have the minority groups become the majorities, but it will take continued growth from all cultures.

"Definitely going to keep growing. It will be a while before the Hispanic community by its self becomes a majority in Amarillo. As far as a minority majority, counting the African American communities, and the Asian communities, that would be a little sooner"

Some say the Amarillo isn't ready for the increase in numbers, but Lujan says the community is stepping up to the challenge.

"I think Amarillo as a community is getting ready for that to take place."

More job opportunities and growing families are the reason for an increase in population through out the panhandle, according to Lujan.

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