Half of America's Population Growth Now Hispanic

Baby boom among '90s immigrants behind surge in Latino population
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2008 6:50 AM CDT
Perry Mayor Viivi Shirley, left, stands with Sonia Ruiz, owner of Ilusiones Salon de Belleza, outside Ruiz' salon in downtown Perry, Iowa, earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Steve Pope)
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(Newser) – A Hispanic baby boom accounts for more than half of America's population growth over the last decade, the Houston Chronicle reports. A survey found 50.5% of the growth in that period was among Hispanics, even though the group currently makes up just 15% of the population. The growth is due more to births than immigration, the Pew Hispanic Center report found.

"What's fueling the growth is the natural increase, the US-born babies, of the previous immigrants," a sociologist says. The demographic remains concentrated in the south and west, but the report found the Hispanic population is now rapidly expanding in parts of the northeast and northwest where there were very few Hispanic residents only a decade ago.