Last week the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest Hispanic population estimates. What stood out is Hispanic population growth was overwhelmingly (62%) driven by natural increase and not net immigration in contrast with 2000 when natural increase and immigration were nearly equal.
The 2007 report showed that Hispanic births have steadily increased year-over-year, while at the same time Non-Hispanic births have shown significant declines. Hispanic childbirths are up 3% since 2000, while Non-Hispanic childbirths are down 20%. Also, Hispanic babies are now 24% of the nationâ€™s total vs. 20% in 2000.