Cook County's black population of 1.4 million is the largest in the country, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The new Census statistics for 2006 reveal that nearly 10 percent of the country's 3,141 counties -- including Cook -- have populations that are more than 50 percent minority, or ''majority-minority.''
In Cook County, 2.4 million people -- 45 percent of the 5.3 million total population -- identified as non-Hispanic white. Blacks are 26.4 percent and Hispanics 22.6 percent of the total. Cook County had the nation's second-largest minority population behind Los Angeles County.
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