National Council La Raza
May 15, 2011
Census 2010: Hispanics in the U.S.
Some excerpts :
Latinos have been a part of the United States since our country’s founding, and as one of the fastest-growing segments of the population, they will play a significant role in shaping our future. Newly released 2010 Census data show that, over the last decade, the Latino population grew from 35.3 million to 50.5 million, accounting for more than half of the nation’s growth. Latinos now make up 16% of the total U.S. population and 23% of the population under 18. The 2010 Census also revealed that Latinos are a national presence, living in every region of the country and every type of community, from the largest cities and suburbs to the smallest rural towns.
Growth in the Hispanic community is good for our country. Hispanics make up a young and vibrant group that contributes to our nation’s economy through hard work and entrepreneurship. They are active participants in our nation’s social and civic life as voters, members of the armed services, and community leaders. Through strong family ties and community service, Latinos are strengthening America.
Click on the maps below to learn where the Latino population grew the most and where it is the largest. To read more about 2010 Census data and the Latino community, view our fact sheet.
Interactive Census Maps :
Percentage of 2010 Population that is Hispanic in the U.S.
Percentage of under 18 Population that is Hispanic in the U.S.
Latino Children and Youth :
Today’s Latino children and youth—92% of whom are U.S. citizens—are tomorrow’s workers, voters, and leaders. Over the last decade, the Latino population under age 18 grew by 39%, while the non-Hispanic youth population decreased by 5%. Latino children and youth now make up 23% of children under the age of 18. Based on the trends of the last decade, at least 500,000 Latino youth will turn 18 every year for the next ten years.
See in the map below where growth in the Latino child population was the greatest and where the Latino child population is the largest..