Hispanic Population Growth Fuels U.S. Increase
March 24, 2011

A new report by the Pew Hispanic Center says Hispanics accounted for 56 percent of the country's growth in the last decade.

During that time, the U.S. Hispanic population grew by 43 percent and the group now makes up more than 16 percent of the nation's population.

D'Vera Cohn is a Pew Researcher who wrote the report.

She says the number of Latino children also shot up. Nearly one in four children in the U.S. are Latino. In California, more than half of children are Latino.

"So, the schools will be seeing this change in their day to day workings. Eventually, of course, these children will grow up and become a voting force in the country," said Cohn.

In all Southwest Border states, the Hispanic population grew by at least 25 percent. Arizona logged the largest growth in its Hispanic population, 46 percent. Hispanics now make up nearly a third of the state's population.