<strong>The population</strong> balance in regard to racial background has changed in Bermuda over the past decade, a census has revealed. <em>*File photo by Kageaki Smith</em>
The population balance in regard to racial background has changed in Bermuda over the past decade, a census has revealed. *File photo by Kageaki Smith

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14: The number of people identifying themselves as either black or white has fallen since the last Census, 2010 figures reveal.

But the number of people identifying themselves as either Asian or another race has increased.

A total of four per cent described themselves as Asian, with four per cent recording their racial origin as “other”.

In addition, eight per cent of people described their racial origin as “mixed” — up one per cent on the 2000 census.

A total of 55 per cent of people in the 2010 survey described themselves as black, down one per cent since the 2000 census, while the number of white people went down from 34 per cent to 31 per cent.

The report on the Census said: “The changing racial composition of Bermuda’s population is a reflection of the island’s diversity due to immigration and an increase of persons choosing mixed racial heritage.”

A total of 50,533 people described themselves as Bermudian, while 13,513 said they were non-Bermudian.

The census showed that the Bermudian population grew at a rate of four per cent over the decade between 2000 and 2010, while the growth rate in the population of non-Bermudians was half that at two per cent.