Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Hispanics Driving Force Behind Texas’ State Growth Since 2010

Texas’ population is booming and Hispanic Texans are the principal driver of that population growth. On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released new population estimates that indicate that just over half of Texas’ population increase since 2010 is attributable to the growing Hispanic community.

As of July 2016, the Texas population jumped to 27.9 million, up from 25.1 million in 2010. Of that 2.7 million increase, more than 1.4 million are Hispanic Texans.

While White Texans remain the largest demographic group in Texas, their growth rate has been outpaced by other major demographic groups. Asians make up the smallest share of the state’s population but they are growing rapidly as more immigrants move to Texas from Asia. The black community continues to grow, with their share of the population remaining unchanged.

A large majority of the youngest Texans are people of color, and also make up most of the student population in the state’s public schools. Consequently, the educational achievement gap between students of color and white students persists.

Texas is leading nationally in terms of Hispanic growth, and remains one of the states with the biggest Hispanic communities. California continues to have the largest population in the country.

Texas Tribune