Diversity in the region: 33.6% minority

The region's 2016 Environmental Justice Demographic Profile shows the total minority population was 1,318,068 in 2014, according to the American Community Survey. That is 33.6% of the total population in the region.

[caption id="attachment_8564" align="alignleft" width="236"]The orange shades show higher populations of minority households. The orange shades show higher populations of minority households.[/caption]

Residents who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander represent about one third of the total minority population in the region.

The profile was updated in preparation for the Operations Committee's review of the agency's Title VI Plan.

Title VI is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, national origin or language spoken in programs receiving federal assistance. The demographic profile also looks at poverty and household access to vehicles.

In addition to the new demographic data, PSRC's draft 2016 Title VI Plan shows new translation services being offered, expanded public outreach techniques on social media, and changes to staff roles.

The Operations Committee is subgroup of PSRC's Executive Board that reviews the budget and work program, contracts and other financial and personnel issues. It's led by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and will meet Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:30 am.