Hispanics on pace to outnumber whites in Texas by 2022: data

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Hispanic Texans are set to outnumber non-Hispanic whites in the Lone Star State as soon as 2022, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. 

The data accounts for the state’s population growth through July 2017 and reflects the extent to which the state’s white population has flattened in comparison to growing numbers among people of color, state demographer Lloyd Potter told The Dallas Morning News.

Potter said the median age in the state increased from 34.5 to 34.6 between July 2016 and July 2017. 

“Even though we’re one of the youngest states, we are getting older,” Potter told the news outlet. 

{mosads}But Potter said migration into Texas, in addition to a higher fertility rate in the Hispanic population in comparison to the non-Hispanic white population, is contributing to the state’s increase in Hispanic numbers. 

Data shows the state has gained four times as many Hispanic residents than non-Hispanic white resident since 2010. 

“We had projected that the Latino population would exceed the … white population by 2020 and that’s probably not going to happen,” Potter said. 

But Potter said he now expects Hispanics to outpace non-Hispanic whites by 2022 in the state.

The Asian population has also seen a significant increase in the state, in addition to residents who identified as two or more races, with a roughly 4 percent growth in the past year.

The state also had a higher population of African-Americans than any other state in the U.S., with nearly 3.8 million.


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