- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 8, 2005

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One of every seven people in the United States is Hispanic, a record number that probably will keep rising because of immigration and a birthrate outstripping non-Hispanic blacks and whites.

The country’s largest minority group accounted for one-half of the overall population growth of 2.9 million between July 2003 and July 2004, according to a Census Bureau report being released today.

The agency estimated there are 41.3 million Hispanics in the United States. It does not ask people about their legal status.

The population growth for Asians ran a close second. Increases in both groups are a result largely of immigration, but also can be attributed to higher birthrates, said Louis W. Goodman, an American University specialist on U.S.-Latin American relations.

“If we didn’t have those elements, we would be moving into a situation like Japan and Europe … where the populations are graying in a way that is very alarming and endangering their productivity and endangering even their social security systems,” he said.

Most immigrants to the United States arrive in their 20s, when many people have children. A far greater percentage of whites than Hispanics are 65 or older. The opposite is true of those younger than 18.

The Hispanic growth rate for the 12 months starting July 2003 was 3.6 percent, compared with the overall population growth rate of 1 percent.

The growth rate was 3.4 percent for Asians, 1.7 percent for native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, 1.3 percent for blacks, 1 percent for American Indians and Alaska natives, and 0.8 percent for whites.

“Looking toward the future, we see a different face of the U.S. population,” said Audrey Singer, an immigration and census specialist at the Brookings Institution. “But I don’t think that’s necessarily new. It’s a confirmation that this hasn’t stopped or changed much.”

The size of the Hispanic population and, to a lesser extent, the Asian population, rose in nearly every state over the 1990s. Also, the Census Bureau projected last year that whites and minority groups overall would be roughly equal in size by 2050.

“Sometimes this is portrayed as a problem for the United States — that the ethnic composition of the country is changing and that new people are coming to take jobs,” said Mr. Goodman, dean of American University’s School of International Service.


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