What makes the United States of America great? Its people, of course. Americans of every hue and color, ethnicities and religions. People who came from all across the world but are now so thoroughly Americans. The United States is a melting pot of cultures and races, peoples and races. All are welcome. An ethnic Japanese or Indian, someone who speaks Spanish or someone whose mother tongue is Swahili – no one is out of place here.
As it is with United States, so is it with Cook County, Il.
Cook County features a truly diverse cross section of the population of the United States. With more than 5,190,000 people (according to the 2010 census), it has citizens from practically every ethnic pool the world has to offer. Let’s give the population of Cook County, Il, a closer look.
The 2010 census says that non Hispanic whites represent 43.9% of the total population. However that is just scratching the surface. Let’s look a little closer. Of this 43.9%, there is a whole mix of ancestries.
11.4% of the total population is of German ancestry. While the descendants of Polish people come to about 9.7%. 10.3% are of Irish descent while 6.1% are Italians. Other ethic groups include Russian, Greek, Dutch, Czech and Lithuanian.
Even today 17.63% of the population at Cook County, Il speak Spanish at home. While Polish is spoken by more than 3%.
The second largest racial group is African American. They make up about 24% of the people in Cook County. Of them close to 50,000 are of sub Saharan origins. Hispanics who are not really considered a racial group also constitute close to 24%.
Among the Hispanics the most common are of Mexican origin. There are more than 900,000 here and they make up more than 17% of the total population of the county. Next in line are the Puerto Ricans. There are about 127,000 here making up 2.4% of the county’s people. In addition to them, there are Cubans (12,200), Bolivian, Colombian and other nationalities.
If you think that this was a pretty diverse mix, there’s more. There is also a pretty significant Asian element to the County’s population. They make up more than 6% of the population of Cook County. They include Filipino (1.2%), Chinese (1.2%), Indian (1.8%), Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese. Other Asian ethnicities include Cambodian, Thai and Hmong.
Other races make up more than 10% of the population, while children of inter racial marriages and who can therefore call themselves as belonging to two races also make up more than 2% of the population.
Equally important though numerically much smaller is the Native American population of Cook County. There are more than 10,000 living here. They include Cherokee (974), Chippewa (612), Sioux (96), and Navajo (430). About 40% of the Native American people living in Cook County are of Hispanic origin.
The smallest racial group in Cook County is the Pacific Islanders. There are over 3,000 of them living here. They include Guamanians (670), Native Hawaiian’s (780) and even Samoans (120).
Whether you be Vietnamese or Indian, Polish or Mexican you are sure to feel right at home at Cook County, Il. You will blend right in with the diverse mix of ethnicities and races here.