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l a t i n o b o o m I I
H I S P AN I C P O P U L A T I ON G R OWT H
According to the 2010 census, the Hispanic population accounted for 56
percent of the total population growth in theUnited States, growing from
35.6 million in 2000 to 52 million in 2012. The Latino growth rate from
2000 to 2010 was 47 percent, which is four times the growth rate for the
total U.S. population, which was only 5 percent during the same period.
In terms of share of population, Hispanics accounted for 16.3 percent of
the total U.S. population in 2010, up four percentage points from 2000.
African Americans comprised 12.2 percent of the total population, down
slightly from 2000, and Asians totaled 4.7 percent of the total population,
up from 3.8 percent in 2000. The census projects that the Latino com-
munity will continue to grow at a much faster rate than any other group
in the United States for the next several decades and will reach 66million
by 2020 and 108 million by 2040. Figure 3.2 gives you the latest snapshot
of the racial composition of the United States today and Figure 3.3 shows
you the projected growth rates through 2050.
Figure 3.2
U.S. Population 2010