WASHINGTON -- Hispanics made up more than half of the nation's population growth between 2000 and 2010, jumping 43% to 50.5 million, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on March 24.
By comparison, the non-Hispanic population grew about 5% to about 258 million -- and within that figure, white people increased about 1% to 196.8 million. However, the Asian-alone population grew faster than any other race, rising 43.3% to 14.7 million.
"While the non-Hispanic white-alone population is still numerically and proportionally the largest major race and ethnic group in the United States, it is also growing at the slowest rate," according to the agency. "Conversely, the Hispanic and Asian populations have grown considerably, in part because of relatively higher levels of immigration."
Not surprisingly, the Census figures parallel some demographic shifts seen in bulk vending merchandise sales over the past decade. The obvious example is increased marketing of Hispanic- and Latino-themed products in the capsuled and flat merchandise segments.
In total, the U.S. population grew to 308.7 million, up 9.7%.
The South and West accounted for 84.4% of the nation's growth between 2000 and 2010. Nevada grew the most at 35.1%, followed by Arizona (24.6%), Utah (23.8%), Idaho (21.1%) and Texas (20.6%). Nevada remains the only state that has maintained a growth rate of 25% or greater for the past three decades.
Rhode Island, Louisiana and Ohio were the slowest increasing states, all of which grew by less than 2%. Unlike the 1990s during which time every state grew, one state -- Michigan -- declined during this decade, losing almost 1% of its population. Puerto Rico’s population declined by 2.2% to 3.7 million people. Between 2000 and 2010, Texas experienced the highest numeric increase, up by 4.3 million people.
Census data also show that the 10 most populous states now contain more than half of the U.S. population, with roughly 25% living in California, Texas and New York. Ten of the most populous metro areas in 2010 grew over the past decade, with about one in every 10 people in the U.S. residing in either Los Angeles or New York City.