U.S. Hispanic Population Reaches Record Numbers But Growth Slows
The number of Hispanics in the U.S. reached a new high of 59.9 million in 2018, but the rate of growth has slowed in recent years. An analysis of U.S. Census figures by the Pew Research Center found 1.2 million more Hispanics in the U.S. compared to 2017. However, it appears that the growth is slowing -- the population growth among Hispanics between 2015 and 2018 was 2%, down from 2.1% from 2010 to 2015 and down nearly 3% from its peak from 1995 to 2000, when the population was growing at 4.8%. Pew attributed the decline in growth to fewer births and declining immigration from Spanish-speaking countries. Between 2008 and 2018, the South saw the fastest Latinx population growth at 33%. It was followed by the Northeast at 25%, the Midwest at 24%, and the West at 19%. Among individual states, those with the smallest Hispanic populations saw the fastest growth, and North Dakota had the fastest growth over the decade, at 135%. Pew’s analysis also found that the U.S. Asian American population had the fastest growth rate at 2.8%. There was less than 1% growth in the African American population and a "negligible" growth among the white population between 2015 and 2018. More here.