The United States is a nation of immigrants, with an eclectic mixture of demographics, national origins and ethnicities interacting and influencing the melting pot. These demographics also change with time and eventually have varying degrees of influence in different regions of the country. One demographic in particular is rapidly growing in population share and influence:
Since 1970, the Latino population has grown six-fold, to 53 million.
The growth was reported in a February study published by Anna Brown of the Pew Research Center‘s Hispanic Trends Project. Another article cited by this study also found that in 2013, the 10 most Hispanic counties accounted for 22 percent of the national Hispanic population growth between 2000 and 2011. The third largest county in terms of Latino population is Miami-Dade County in Florida.
An article by Lizette Alvarez in this past weekend’s New York Times goes into detail about some of the changes Miami-Dade County has seen with this demographic shift. According to the article, the Hispanic population in Miami has risen from 23 percent in 1970 to 65 percent today. More than half of Miami’s residents are born abroad and 63 percent speak Spanish at home. The article also found that “the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region eclipsed Los Angeles in 2012 as the major metropolitan area with the largest share — 45 percent — of immigrant business owners.”
The Latino population in the United States is expanding in size and influence nationwide. As this segment of our nation’s demographic makeup continues to swell, what changes can we expect?