The U.S. Hispanic population surged another 1.2 million last year and now is a record 59.9 million, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.
The percentage of Hispanics as part of the overall U.S. population also jumped to 18%.
A Pew Research Center analysis of the new data also found that between 2008 and 2018, “Latinos accounted for about half (52%) of all U.S. population growth over this period.”
The largest growth area for Hispanics was the South, at 33% since 2008. That includes Texas and Florida.
Every region in the U.S. saw growth.
And there were areas of historic growth not typically associated with Latinos, including North Dakota.