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Latino Daily News

Wednesday August 24, 2011

Florida’s Hispanic Population Explodes Thanks to South American Immigrants

Florida’s Hispanic Population Explodes Thanks to South American Immigrants

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For decades there has been a large Hispanic population in Florida, but in just 10 years, the portion of that population made up of just South Americans has more than doubled.

Though Cubans are still the largest group of Hispanics in the state, South Americans now outnumber Mexicans in Florida, according to data released Thursday.

Though Cubans and Puerto Ricans take the number one and number two spots, Colombians, Venezuelans, and Peruvians are fast approaching, many leaving their native countries in response to the increased political discourse and violence.

According to officials with the Pew Hispanic Center, the format of the 2010 Census may have aided in helping to classify Florida Hispanics. Previously, census forms only allowed a person to check whether they were Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or Other, with a space left for them to fill in what Other was for them. Often, individuals would check other, but not fill in the space. On the 2010 form however, the options were the same except next to the Other option where individuals were presented with examples to try to motivate them to fill in their nationality.

And while births have caused an increase in the nation’s Hispanic population overall, it is most likely not the cause of the increased Hispanic presence in Florida.