New Pew report--Latino Settlement in the New Century

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Nov 6 14:32:09 UTC 2008

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 UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute

Latino Settlement in the New Century

by Richard Fry

Since 2000 Hispanics have accounted for more than half (50.5%) of the
overall population growth in the United States -- a significant new
demographic milestone for the nation's largest minority group. During
the 1990s, the Hispanic population also expanded rapidly, but in that
decade its growth accounted for less than 40% of the nation's total
population increase. In a reversal of past trends, Latino population
growth in the new century has been more a product of the natural
increase (births minus deaths) of the existing population than it has
been of new international migration. As of mid-2007, Hispanics
accounted for 15.1% of the total U.S. population.

Since 2000 many Latinos have settled in counties that once had few
Latinos, continuing a pattern that began in the previous decade. But
there are subtle differences in Hispanic settlement patterns in the
current decade compared with those of the 1990s. The dispersion of
Latinos in the new century has tilted more to counties in the West and
the Northeast. Despite the new tilt, however, the South accounted for
a greater share of overall Latino population growth than any other
region in the new century. There is also an ever-growing concentration
of Hispanic population growth in metropolitan areas. These findings
emerge from the Pew Hispanic Center's analysis of the Census Bureau's
2007 county population estimates, supplemented by 1990 and 2000 county
population counts from the Decennial Censuses.

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