Texas to Become Majority Hispanic in Coming Few Years

Texas is on the verge of becoming a majority Hispanic state, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Texas State Demographer Lloyd Potter from UTSA says the state added 1.9 million Hispanic residents since 2010, while the Anglo population increased by just 440,000.

He says some of that increase came from immigration from Latin America, but the vast majority is due to the simple fact that the Hispanic population is younger, and is having far more babies.

"It looks as those the Hispanic population will become even with, and may begin to exceed the non Hispanic white population somewhere between 2021 and 2022 in the state of Texas," Potter said.

In 2010 there were 11,400,000 non Hispanic whites in Texas, and 9,400,000 Hispanics. Potter says currently that gap has narrowed to 11,900,000 Anglos and 11,300,000 Hispanics.

Potter says the Anglo population of Texas is growing so slowly, its gains essentially equalled the gains of the Asian population in the state in the past eight years.

"We have no net in-migration of non Hispanic whites, even though we do have pretty health net in-migration from other states of non-Hispanic whites," he said.

But the death rates of the ageing Anglo population is essentially offsetting that increase in Anglos moving to Texas over the past decade.

The Anglo population in Texas grew by 4% between 2010 and 2010. Compare that with the 20% growth in the Hispanic population, and the 49% increase in the state's Asian population.

Texas is currently one of five states which are classified as 'majority minority,' where the Anglo population is smaller than the combined population of other ethnic groups. The other states include Hawaii (where Anglos have never been in the majority), as well as California, Nevada, and New Mexico.

The entire nation is expected to become 'majority minority' by the 2040 census.

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