The US Hispanic population grew 43 percent during the past decade
to 50.5 million - more than half the country's population growth.
The demographic trend could impact elections.
White Americans are still the majority in the United States, but
they're rapidly being overtaken by Hispanics, according to the
latest Census Bureau report, and this could have important political
During the past decade, the Hispanic population in the United
States grew 43 times faster than the non-Hispanic white population,
the Census Bureau reported Thursday. Put another way, between 2000
and 2010 the US Hispanic population grew 43 percent from 35.3
million to 50.5 million. Its share of the total population rose from
13 to 16 percent. That accounts for more than half the total US
population growth since 2000.
At the same time, Census Bureau officials reported, the non-
Hispanic white population grew by barely more than 1 percent,
dropping as a portion of the total from 69 percent to 64 percent.
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The main reasons? Birth rate and immigration - legal and illegal.
"This is a population that's young, whose growth is driven
increasingly by births and not immigration," D'Vera Cohn of the Pew
Research Center told the Reuters news agency. "It's a population
that's expanding into virtually every county of the country, and
growing especially sharply in states where Latinos had not been a
presence a decade or so ago."
Charting the population trends
While the number of Hispanics continued to grow in the Southwest,
Florida, and several other parts of the country where their numbers
have been traditionally high, they're growing rapidly elsewhere as
well - particularly in the South, including North Carolina and
"The states with the largest percent growth in their Hispanic
populations include nine where the Latino population more than
doubled, including a swath in the southeast United States - Alabama,
Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and
South Carolina. The Hispanic population also more than doubled in
Maryland and South Dakota," reports the Pew Hispanic Center in an
analysis of the Census Bureau report Thursday.
"In six states, growth in the Hispanic population accounted for
all of those states' population growth; if the Hispanic population
had not grown, those states would not have grown," adds Pew. "They
included Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York
and Rhode Island. In Michigan, the state population declined over
the decade but the Hispanic population grew."
The figures for younger Americans portend an accelerating trend. …