The U.S. Hispanic population grew by 3.1 percent in 2009 to 48.4 million people, or 15.8 percent of the total population, announced the Census Bureau. The figures are the latest to be released before the 2010 Census data is released at the end of this year. The latest data reveals the rapid growth rate of the Hispanic community which now compromises 35 percent of the total population.
The latest estimates reveal a nation of larger and younger minorities, with Hispanics representing 55 percent of the total growth rate due to higher birth rates than any other minority and non-minority group.
The average Hispanic age is 27.4 which is well below the national average of 35.3, making Hispanics the youngest population segment in the U.S.