The 2010 U.S. Census shows — not unexpectedly — that the nation’s Hispanic community, already the largest minority, has the fastest-growing population in the United States.
The final state-by-state results of the latest U.S. Census will be released between now and the end of March. So far, the data for more than half the states has been released and it confirms that the U.S. Hispanic demographic boom continues.
“The growth of the Hispanic community is one of the stories that will be written from the 2010 census,” Census director Robert Groves said earlier this month while pointing out major demographic trends, including the movement of many minorities from city to suburb.
Among other results of the decennial population count, as reflected in news releases by Univision Communications, the nation’s top Hispanic-oriented media company:
· Minorities contributed all of the growth in California with Hispanics accounting for 71 percent of the minority growth in the state. More than 14 million Hispanics reside in California.
·68 percent of Hispanics in the United States live in Texas or California. Texas, in fact, is the state with the greatest population increase (4.5 million in the past decade), a growth of which 85 percent are Hispanic.
“The new Census figures just released for California show double-digit growth in the Hispanic population in the state and mirrors the growth pattern we are seeing across the U.S.,” said Elizabeth Ellers, executive vice president, Corporate Research, Univision Communications Inc.
Ellers also said, “as the Census continues to release state-by-state population figures, it is clear the Hispanic population is fueling phenomenal growth across every state in the nation.”
The “Univision Insights” reports noted that the Hispanic population in the 27 states whose Census data has been released so far is approximately 34.7 million. This, according to the same reports, accounts for 59 percent of the U.S. population growth.
The Hispanic population, according to the 2010 Census, grew considerably in two Mid-Atlantic states considered important in national elections: New Jersey and Virginia. New Jersey’s Hispanic population is now 17.7 percent of the state (up from 13.3 percent in 2000).
In summary, some key 2010 U.S. Census results so far:
· Hispanic population growth is exceeding the most recent Census estimates by more than four percent.
· Approximately 34.7 million Hispanics in the 27 states released as of last Tuesday (March 8).
· Hispanics contributed 59 percent of the overall population growth in those states.
· In the last decade, the Hispanic population in these states grew by 41 percent.
· The Hispanic population is less concentrated than 10 years ago. In 2000, 72% of the Hispanic population residing in the 27 states released by Census resided in California or Texas. In the 2010 Census, 68% of Hispanics reside either in Texas or California.
· According to a USA TODAY analysis of 2010 Census data, Hispanics from states with large and established Latino populations increasingly identified themselves by race — most chose white — rather than the “Some Other Race” that many picked a decade before.