08/04/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/04/2020 17:06
Hispanics have played a significant role in driving U.S. population growth over the past decade, though the group is not growing as quickly as it once did. From 2010 to 2019, the U.S. population increased by 18.9 million, and Hispanics accounted for more than half (52%) of this growth, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates, the last before 2020 census figures are released.
In 2019, the number of Hispanics reached a record 60.6 million, making up 18% of the U.S. population. This is up from 50.7 million in 2010, when Hispanics were 16% of the population. The number of Hispanics is growing more slowly than it previously did, due to a decline in the annual number of births to Hispanic women and a drop in immigration, particularly from Mexico. From 2015 to 2019, the Hispanic population grew by an average of 1.9% per year, down significantly from a peak of 4.8% from 1995 to 2000. Read more via bit.ly/NHCCResourceCenter...
In four states - Illinois, Connecticut, West Virginia and Vermont - the Latino population increased from 2010 to 2019, even though the overall state population declined during this time. The decreases happened almost entirely among the white populations of these states (both Black and white populations declined in Illinois).
In 21 other states, Hispanics accounted for more than 50% of statewide population increases from 2010 to 2019. In six of these states - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Mississippi - Latino population growth exceeded that of the overall population during this time, again largely due to declines among the white population.
In New York, the number of Latinos increased by 319,500 even as the state population went up by only 53,700. In Pennsylvania, the Latino population jumped by 273,900, while the state's population increased by 90,800. States with much smaller populations saw similar patterns. In Rhode Island, the Hispanic population jumped by 40,600 as the state population increased by only 5,400. In Mississippi, the Hispanic population increased by 18,100 even as its overall population was up by only 5,600.