The Hispanic population grew 43 percent from 2000 through 2010, four times faster than the growth rate for the US as a whole, and much of that was in the South.

U.S.-MapThe US Census Bureau reported that the Hispanic population rose by 15.2 million between 2000 and 2010, accounting for more than half of the nation’s population increase of 27.3 million.

Put another way, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent – four times America’s overall 9.7 percent growth rate and much more than the non-Hispanic white population, which grew by barely more than 1 percent over the same period.

Details about US population growth come as legal and political issues swirl around illegal immigration, which focuses largely on Hispanics crossing the border into the United States.

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Source: Brad Knickerbocker | The Christian Science Monitor