Despite fears of an undercoverage of American Hispanics, the US Census Bureau says new measurements have confirmed that they now represent 18.5% of all Americans.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Census officials can now confidently say that the country’s Hispanic population has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade.
Since 2010, the US population has grown by more than 20 million, to 331 million in 2020 from 308 million a decade earlier.
A 23 percent increase in the Hispanic American population accounted for half of that growth, according to census officials. The Hispanic segment of the national population grew from 50.5 million in 2010 to 62.1 million in the 2020 census.
Despite fears of an undercoverage of American Hispanics, the census now shows they make up 18.5% of all Americans.
“The improvements we made to the 2020 Census give a more accurate picture of how people identify themselves about Hispanic origin and race,” said Nicholas Jones, director of race research and ethnicity in the census. “(These responses) reveal that the American population is much more multiracial and diverse than what we have measured in the past.”
Here in Utah, census demographers report that the state’s Hispanic population growth has exceeded the national average.
Since 2010, Utah’s population has grown from 2.8 million to 3.27 million last year, a jump of nearly half a million.
During the same period, the percentage of Hispanic residents increased from 13% in 2010 to 15% in 2020. In raw numbers, this represents an increase of about 126,500 Latino residents, or about 34%.
Census demographics indicate that the percentage of all other minority groups within Utah’s population has also increased at least gradually over the past decade, with the exception of Native Americans who have grown by 1% in 2010 to 0.9% in 2020.
Jones noted that the new census diversity measures may even go down to the county level.
In Cache County, the latest census figures show our Hispanic population has grown by about 36% over the past decade.
In 2010, Cache County’s population of approximately 113,500 included approximately 11,000 Hispanics. Over the past decade, that number has grown to around 15,000, now accounting for over 11% of the county’s total population of 133,000.
While census officials found normal growth among most of Cache County’s ethnic and racial groups, the exceptions were white and Asian American groups.
Current data shows that white residents of Cache County fell from 85.5% of the population in 2010 to 82% last year, while Asian Americans fell from 1.9 to 1.7 %.
In other local racial or ethnic groups, African Americans fell from 0.5 to 0.8 percent, Native Americans remained stable at 0.5 percent, and Pacific Islanders fell from 0.4 to 0.8 percent. 0.5 percent.
The biggest local change noted by census analysts was that the percentage of Cache County residents willing to identify as biracial more than doubled, from 1.3% in 2010 to 2.7% in 2020.