A survey conducted by Pew Research Center found that Hispanics were responsible for the majority of the total U.S. population surge from 2010 to 2019.
According to the study, although the Hispanic population is not surging as it used to, the ethnic group accounted for more than 50 percent of the 18.9 million immigrants included in the total U.S. population count throughout the past decade. The most prevalent location for migrants traveling to the U.S. is Mexico.
“In 2019, the number of Hispanics reached a record 60.6 million, making up 18% of the U.S. population. This is up from 50.7 million in 2010, when Hispanics were 16% of the population,” the findings state.
“The number of Hispanics is growing more slowly than it previously did, due to a decline in the annual number of births to Hispanic women and a drop in immigration, particularly from Mexico. From 2015 to 2019, the Hispanic population grew by an average of 1.9% per year, down significantly from a peak of 4.8% from 1995 to 2000,” the co-authors added in their report.
The second-largest ethnic group included in the total U.S. population count in that time span were Asians, which accounted for 22 percent, followed by Blacks, as the third-largest, accounting for 17 percent.
Among Hispanics, however, a decline of the white population in several statewide populations led their ethnic group to a more than 50 percent increase throughout the last decade. Of those states involving a substantial increase of Hispanics include New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
“In New York, the number of Latinos increased by 319,500 even as the state population went up by only 53,700. In Pennsylvania, the Latino population jumped by 273,900, while the state’s population increased by 90,800,” according to the findings. “States with much smaller populations saw similar patterns.”
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