Thursday, March 3, 2011

Census: Missouri's Hispanic population grew by 79%

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - New U.S. Census numbers indicate that Hispanics continue to be a rapidly growing segment of the population throughout Missouri.

While the overall rate of population change in Missouri was 4.8 percent, Hispanics increased at a rate of 79% since 2000.

Missouri’s population grew by about 390,000 since 2000. Of those new Missourians, nearly 94 thousand – or 25% - are Hispanics.

Madison County saw the greatest Hispanic rate of increase in Missouri, thought the sample size was small.

Cape Girardeau County’s Hispanic population grew by 136 percent. To put it in another context, Cape County added another 7000 people since 2000 … and 850 of them were Hispanic.

Roughly 3.5% percent of Missouri’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, up from 2% in 2000.

In Southeast Missouri, only Dunklin County has a higher percentage of Hispanics than the state average.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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