The Latino Baby Boom

The baby boom over the last decade in the Latino community had managed to stay under the radar; but not for long. As reported by US Today, the Latino community in the United States has increased by 10.2 million in just 7 short years, with 58.6% of that increase comprised of 6.8 million U.S. born Latinos.

Theses statistics are staggering and have come as a shock for many. “In all of the uproar over immigration, this is getting missed," says Kenneth Johnson, a demographer at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. “All the focus is on immigration, immigration, immigration. At some point, it's not. It's a natural increase.” Because the median age of Hispanics is younger than other U.S demographics, the rise in births can also be attributed to young Latinos having babies at a faster rate than Whites, Blacks and Asians.

This growth of Hispanic communities has increased in areas where typically very few of us have lived in years past. Latinos are repopulating areas of the Great Plains, where the population rates had been nose-diving. “Demographically, they (these areas) can't recover unless something like this happens," Johnson says. “There's no way older white populations can replace themselves.” If it weren’t for this surge of Latinos, 221 rural counties would not have seen any growth at all in their populations from 2000 to 2005.

There is no denying the fact that Latinos are changing the face of the nation at extremely rapid rates. According to the U.S. Census of the Most Spoken Languages in the country, Spanish is now the second most commonly spoken language, with an estimated 10.7% of the US population now speaking Español.

Shifting attention from immigration and finding ways of supporting those within the U.S seems like the next viable step to ensuring continued success for our country. There’s no hiding us now, and we’re definitely here to stay.