Nevada's Latino Population Growing As White Population Shrinks

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The chance for Latinos to become a majority seems to get bigger by the minute. According to new U.S. Census figures, the Latino population in Nevada increased by 5.1 percent in the state's two largest counties from 2010 to 2012.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Nevada's non-Hispanic, white population shrunk in all except three counties. But Nevada's overall population grew by 2.2 percent over the reported two year to a total of more than 2.7 million. About 54 percent of Nevada is now white, non-Hispanic; 27 percent Hispanic or Latino; 8.6 percent black and 7.7 percent Asian.

Here is a breakdown of the Latino population increase by county:

  1. Clark and Washoe - 5.1 percent
  2. Elko - 7 percent
  3. Nye - 1 percent
  4. Lyon - 2 percent
  5. Carson City - 12 percent
  6. Douglas - 5 percent
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