Crime

The Demographics of Sanford, Florida – A Majority Minority City?

With the attention placed on the shooting of Trayvon Martin along with the accusation of racial profiling, some may wonder – what is the demographic makeup of the city where this tragedy occurred, Sanford, Florida? It may be surprising that according to the 2010 Decennial Census, Sanford is a majority minority city. The U.S. Census Bureau classified 10,163 geographic entities as cities with only 1,467 majority minority (not including towns, boroughs, villages, and census designated places (CDPs).

In 2010, Sanford, Florida had a minority population that consisted of 55% of the total population of 53,570 persons (see Table 1). The city’s largest minority population group were African Americans with 29.2%. Hispanics or Latinos were the second largest, making up 20.2% while Asians came in a distant third at 2.7% (all race categories used were Not Hispanic or Latino population).

Answering the question of the demographic makeup of Sanford leads to another series of questions. That is to say, although Sanford is a majority minority city, does the makeup of the police force appropriately reflect its population? Does City Commission? Hopefully, these and other questions will be addressed over the next few months.

 Table 1 – 2010 Decennial Census Race/Ehnicity of Sanford, Florida

Race/Ethnicity

TTLPOP

TTLPOP%

VAP

VAP%

Hispanic or Latino (of any race)

10,844

20.2%

7,292

18.4%

White

24,096

45.0%

19,707

49.7%

Black or African American

15,660

29.2%

10,684

27.0%

American Indian and Alaska Native

204

0.4%

148

0.4%

Asian

1,473

2.7%

1,123

2.8%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

22

0.0%

18

0.0%

Some Other Race

198

0.4%

109

0.3%

Two or More Races

1,073

2.0%

535

1.4%

Total

53,570

39,616

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Decennial Census PL94-171 Table

Note: The Census Bureau’s 2010 Decennial Census included six major race categories: White, Black or African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, Some other race, and Two or more races. Excluding Hispanic or Latino, the above statistics were extracted from the “Not Hispanic or Latino Alone” categories of race. The U.S. Census Bureau considers Hispanic or Latino as an ethnicity.

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