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Latino Daily News

Tuesday December 7, 2010

Hispanics Driving Force behind U.S. Population Growth

Yesterday’s Census estimates show the entire U.S. population to be between 306 million to 313 million depending on the number of immigrants in the country.  This estimate is important because it’s a precursor to what the actual 2010 Census figures will show in three weeks.

The big news, yet not surprising news, is that Hispanic youth accounted for all the growth in that age sector.  They now make up 22 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. teen population. 

The U.S. population was pegged at 281.4 million when the last census was taken in 2000.  The increase in population between 24.6 million to 32.6 million is less then was originally expected.