DML: According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, Hispanics accounted for more than half – a whopping 54 percent – of total population growth in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014.
The Hispanic population in the United States reached 57 million in 2015, up from 55.4 million in 2014.
The Pew report said Hispanics now make up about 17 percent of the entire population in the U.S., a factor that is certain to change the electoral, political and social demographics of the country.
Geographically, Hispanics have begun to disperse across the U.S., but the highest populations are still in the south and along the coasts.
The Pew report states that due to rapid population growth and geographic dispersion, a number of changes have occurred in the nation. By 2012, in 17 states, the kindergarten student population was at least 20% Hispanic. MORE