Hispanics Account for More Than Half of Nation's Growth in Past Decade
Hispanics Account for More than Half of Nation’s Growth in Past Decade by Jeffrey S. Passel, Senior Demographer, Pew Hispanic Center. D’Vera Cohn, Senior Writer, Pew Research Center, Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center, March 24, 2011"The 2010 Census counted 50.5 million Hispanics in the United States, making up 16.3% of the total population. The nation's Latino population, which was 35.3 million in 2000, grew 43% over the decade. The Hispanic population also accounted for most of the nation's growth—56%—from 2000 to 2010. Among children ages 17 and younger, there were 17.1 million Latinos, or 23.1% of this age group, according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. The number of Latino children grew 39% over the decade. In 2000, there were 12.3 million Hispanic children, who were 17.1% of the population under age 18. Although the numerical growth of the Hispanic population since 2000—more than 15 million—surpassed the totals for the previous two decades, the growth rate of 43% was somewhat slower than previous decades. Growth rates topped 50% in the 1980s (53%) and 1990s (58%)."