Hispanic Birth Rate Increased 14 Percent—Watch Out Congress

The Census Bureau released projections yesterday of what the 2010 census results will likely be based on demographic information and, no surprise, they are estimating a growth in the Hispanic population since 2000.

According to Bloomberg, while the U.S. population grew at a slower pace overall in the past decade, the Hispanic birth rate surged.

Bloomberg estimates that the Hispanic birth rates climbed 27 percent from 1990 through 2010. In comparision, the overall population saw a 7.5 percent decline in the birth rates. That means that from 2000 until 2010, the Hispanic birth rate increased 14 percent, while the U.S. population declined 2 percent.

The number of Hispanics under 20 years old ranged from 18.3 million to 21.3 million and there remains a lot of uncertainty about the size of the undocumented population.

The next set of census results will be released December 14. The Census Bureau will publish estimates from an annual survey sent to about 3 million U.S. households and include information on income level, place of birth, commute time to work and housing costs.

And why should we care about any of this? Because the final census count will decide how $4 trillion in federal funds get spent during the next 10 years and affects Congressional representation. The more of us they count, the more our voice will count.