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As Montgomery County has become more diverse, its income and unemployment rates also have climbed, according to Census data released Thursday.

The U.S. Census Bureau released the American Community Survey five-year estimates for 2007 to 2011.

Whites are estimated to make up exactly half of the county’s population, compared to the 2000 Census when nearly 60 percent of the population declared to be white-non-Hispanic. The bureau recommended cautiously comparing the recently released data with the 2000 census because of differences between the two surveys.

About 31 percent of the population in the five-year estimate was foreign born, up from 26 percent in 2000. Thirty-eight percent spoke a language other than English at home, up from 31 percent in 2000.

Just as the county got more diverse, its residents drew more income in the same time frame.

Median household income was estimated to be $95,660 in the five-year period, up from $71,551 in 2000 and $87,624 recorded in the 2006 survey.

However, unemployment also rose.

In 2000, 2.2 percent of the county was unemployed. Between 2007 and 2011, unemployment nearly doubled to an estimated 4.2 percent.

And while the county’s median home value was $469,900 between 2007 and 2011 — up from $221,800 in 2000, the 2006 American Community Survey showed median home value reaching $527,700.

kalexander@gazette.net