- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - New state figures show Hispanics accounted for nearly half of Wisconsin’ population growth from 2000 to 2015.

The state Department of Health Services has provided a snapshot of the fast-growing demographic in Wisconsin. It shows the Hispanic population nearly doubled in size during those 15 years, growing by 95 percent. The non-Hispanic population grew by about 5 percent during the same period.

The approximate 380,000 Hispanics living in Wisconsin made up 6.6 percent of the state population in 2015.

While the state’s total population increased by 403,000 people from 2000 to 2015, Hispanics accounted for 46 percent of the growth, or an increase of 186,000 people.

The report from the Division of Public Health shows about 60 percent of Hispanics live in southeastern Wisconsin with 16 percent living in each of the northeastern and southern regions.

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