Study Shows Latino Youth Population Is Growing At a Higher Rate Than Non-Latinos

Results from the 2010 U.S. Census previously noted that Latinos make up for 16% of the population, but new information highlights exactly why those numbers have increased at such a high rate. According to a new study conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, the majority of the population growth is due to an influx of Latino babies between the ages of 0 and 5 years old born in this country.

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According to the Huffington Post, the graphs reveal that Latinos tend to be much younger than their non-Latino counterparts. In addition, the population growth is largely due to the fact that more Latina women gave birth between 2009 and 2010. The study reveals that 8% of Latinas between the ages of 15 and 44 gave birth during this time period compared to 6% of white women.

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The associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center, Mark Lopez says that the study is a positive step in explaining why the Latino population is the fastest growing minority group in U.S. “Hispanic population growth came more from U.S. birth than it did from the arrival of new immigrants. And moving forward, U.S. births to Hispanic parents are going to be a more important driver to population growth than the arrival of new immigrants,” says Lopez.