Texas By the Numbers
Hispanic Population Increases Drive State Growth
Texas’ population stood at more than 25 million residents in the 2010 U.S. Census, as the state population increased 20.6 percent since 2000.
Much of the growth we’ve experienced in the past decade is attributed to increases in our Hispanic population. Hispanics accounted for 65 percent of Texas’ growth between 2000-2010, and, today, make up nearly 38 percent of our population. That’s up from 32 percent at the end of the 1990s.
Former U.S. Census Bureau director and former state demographer, Steve Murdock, currently at Rice University has said “We’re seeing Hispanic growth not just deepen, but become pervasive throughout the state.” Further, he also notes that most of the growth among Hispanics stemmed from births to families already living here.
Chart 1 shows the ten Texas MSAs (metropolitan statistical areas) that posted the largest increases in Hispanic population since the 2000 U.S. Census.
Chart 2 shows the impact that growth rate has had on the MSA’s total Hispanic population. For example, today, Hispanics represent 37.7 percent of Midland’s population, after seeing its Hispanic population increase 53.2 percent in the past decade.