2010 Census Results: 1 in 6 US Residents is Latino

The results of the 2010 Census were announced today, with findings that reflect the changing face of America. 1 in 6 US residents—50 million people—is Latino, says MSNBC. That is, Latinos accounted for over one-half the population growth of the US in the past decade. Further, more than 9 million Americans—including my son Charlie, who is Irish American and Chinese American—checked more than one race category on the 2010 census, a sign, says MSNBC, of ‘burgeoning multiracial growth in an increasingly minority nation.’

In total, according to the 2010 census, in the US there are: 196.8 million whites, 37.7 million blacks, 50.5 million Hispanics and 14.5 million Asians. Along with Latinos, the Asian population grew the most. Asians had a larger numeric gain for the first time than African-Americans, who remain the second-largest minority group at roughly 37 million. The population of non-Hispanic Whites–whose median age is now 41—increased slightly to 197 million. But, due to declining birth rates, their total share of the population has declined.

Says William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution who has analyzed most of the 2010 data:

“This really is a transformational decade for the nation…..The 2010 census shows vividly how these new minorities are both leading growth in the nation’s most dynamic regions and stemming decline in others.

“They will form the bulk of our labor-force growth in the next decade as they continue to disperse into larger parts of the country.”

The Latino population’s political clout will continue to grow, says MSNBC. In the past decade, the adult Latino population has nearly doubled in Nevada, Virginia, and North Carolina; it has also increased by 60 percent in ‘two Midwestern battleground states, Indiana and Ohio.’ Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, an advocacy group that favors allowing illegal immigrants to work toward U.S. citizenship, simply states that “What the Census figures suggest is that the road to White House in 2012 may well go through the Hispanic community.” According to exit polls, Latino votes have ‘lopsided Democratic leanings’; in 2008, Obama won the vote of 2 out of 3 Latinos.

Other findings noted by MSNBC

  • In at least 10 states—Mississippi, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, California, New Mexico and Hawaii—the percentage of children who are minorities has already passed 50 percent, up from five states in 2000.
  • Over the last decade, the Latino population grew most quickly in the South. Indeed, many Southern states have seen their Latino populations double since 2000. Further, in a change to ‘the South’s traditional “black-white” image,’ Latino population growth exceeded that of blacks and whites in the region.
  • More than half of the cities (including Chicago and Detroit) with the largest concentrations of African-American showed declines in the population of African-Americans. But the suburbs of ‘growing southern metro areas like Atlanta, Dallas and Houston’ saw the highest increases in the black population.


Graphic from Wikimedia Commons.


Judith Emerson
Judith Emerson6 years ago

thank you. :-D

Roman S.
Roman S7 years ago

By 2042 the USA as a whole will be majority minority. What a day that will be.
Here in NJ we are on the cusp of becoming majority minority, five more years possibly.

J C Bro
J C Brou7 years ago

Thanks for this good news.

Sarah M.
Sarah M7 years ago

prejudice and ignorance make me sick to my stomach. I'm Caucasian, but I can't wait for the day when the U.S. becomes more racially diverse and Caucasians no longer dominate.

Susan O.
Susan O7 years ago

And the BIG question remains unanswered:

How many of them are here LEGALLY? I'd guess less than 40%, give or take ... probably more than half are here ILLEGALLY.

Judith Valente
Judith Valente7 years ago

My comments aren't being posted, here.

Judith Valente
Judith Valente7 years ago

From MY experience, latinos are just another 'wave' of the future of the country. Just like other ethnic people, they want to be able to 'blend in' like everyone else. Don't judge them because they don't speak english very well. I have known some of them to have 'hearts of gold'!
The only gripe that I have is WHY aren't the english speaking people allowed to learn FOR FREE, the SPANISH language??!!
I have searched, but no luck. And the only way to learn their language well, is to have a structured learning environment with which to grow in. I am not in school, so that is MY fault???
Get with it, politicians! We pay taxes here, so we DO have a say so with proper communication with education. Even IF we aren't in school at the present moment.
Thanks for reading, and be blessed!

Jane R.
Jane R7 years ago

Not surprising to me at all. Our stupid leaders welcome illegals, give them free healthcare, reduced housing cost, food stamps, dissability, medicare, social security pay (even though they never paid into it), and much more. What does the Americans needing help get? NOTHING!!! They get turned down for dissability because they were born here, are citizens, are white etc. Makes me sick.

KayL NOFORWARDS7 years ago

@ Ernest R.

Hey, I happen to be a WASP myself. I also happen to live in a city where WASPs are the minority... and it's no problem whatsoever... as long as you are open and willing to accept the right to cultural differences in others. Sadly, my experience has been that most American WASPs (including my relatives) just aren't at all open to anybody being any different from them and their beliefs in any way, whether that be the language they speak, their choice in religion, the way the dress or the music they play.... And almost every single WASP I know in the U.S. whats to legislate *their* religous beliefs, morals and language to be the *only* legal beliefs, morals and language. I was even attacked once for being so UnAmerican as to drive a foreign car... a Toyota!

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B7 years ago

Noted with interest.