How RI’s Hispanic growth mirrors the US as a wholeMarch 25th, 2011 at 10:11 am by Ted Nesi under General Talk
As Rhode Island goes, so goes the nation? Only when it comes to Hispanics.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday (emphasis mine):
More than half of the growth in the total U.S. population between 2000 and 2010 was because of the increase in the Hispanic population. Between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent, rising from 35.3 million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010. The rise in the Hispanic population accounted for more than half of the 27.3 million increase in the total U.S. population. By 2010, Hispanics comprised 16 percent of the total U.S. population of 308.7 million.
That national number jumped out to me because it’s nearly identical to the one for Rhode Island – the Hispanic population grew 44% here between 2000 and 2010. So the increase here was very much in line with national trends. Hispanics’ share of the Rhode Island population is only 12%, though, compared with 16% nationally.
That’s quite a contrast with the trends among non-Hispanics. Here’s the Census Bureau again:
The non-Hispanic population grew relatively slower over the decade at about 5 percent. Within the non-Hispanic population, the number of people who reported their race as white alone grew even slower (1 percent). While the non-Hispanic white alone population increased numerically from 194.6 million to 196.8 million over the 10-year period, its proportion of the total population declined from 69 percent to 64 percent.
In Rhode Island, there was no growth at all in those two categories from 2000 to 2010 – the number of non-Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites both shrank, with each group declining nearly 4%. Non-Hispanics’ share of the total Rhode Island population fell from 91% to 88%, while non-Hispanic whites’ share dropped from 85% to 81%.
Notably, Michigan – the only state with slower population growth than Rhode Island from 2000 to 2010; it shrank – did not keep pace with national Hispanic population growth the way Rhode Island did. Michigan’s Hispanic population grew by just under 35%.