50.5 Million Voices

The PEW Hispanic Research Center released a report today outlining the dramatic increase in the Latino population. Frankly, I was a bit surprised by the numbers. Latinos now comprise 16.3% of the U.S. population and accounted for over 56% of the country’s population growth since 2000. Incredible.

Interesting to note that Latinos are increasing in numbers beyond the traditional eight or nine states in which they’re most concentrated:

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. 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.

Looking at the Latino population by region, the West and South are home to the most Hispanics, while growth has been most rapid in the South and Midwest. In 2010, 20.6 million Hispanics lived in the West, 18.2 million lived in the South, 7 million lived in the Northeast and 4.7 million lived in the Midwest.