Hispanics Account for More than Half of Nation’s Growth in Past Decade

by Jeffrey S. Passel, D’Vera Cohn, Hugo Lopez
Pew Hispanic Center
March 24, 2011

The 2010 Census counted 50.5 million Hispanics in the United States, making up 16.3% of the total population. The nation's Latino population, which was 35.3 million in 2000, grew 43% over the decade. The Hispanic population also accounted for most of the nation's growth—56%—from 2000 to 2010.

(See more re: U.S. population growth during the last decade.)