Census Numbers Don’t Lie: Latinos Are Changing the Face of America

AOL Latino’s Miguel Ferrer in El Diario, The Huffington Post: ‘The Latino community is a force to be reckoned with’

The 2010 census count has confirmed what many policymakers and businesses already know: Latinos, the fastest growing population in America with a 43 percent growth in the last decade, are making their presence known in American society. The Latino population is now estimated at 50.5 million people representing 16.3 percent of the total U.S. population.

According to data from the Pew Hispanic Center, traditional Hispanic states such as California — where the NBA Los Angeles Lakers occasionally don game jerseys that read, “Los Lakers” — Texas, Florida and New York, continue to lead in the total number of Hispanics. But states such as South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky saw ten-year growth rates of well over 100 percent indicating that Latinos are very much a part of the national landscape. Much closer to home here in New York, the Latino population rose 8 percent and now makes up 29 percent of the total.

Originally appeared in El Diario. Read the entire article.