Hispanic Population Booming in Randall County

AMARILLO - As the Hispanic population in Texas continues to boom, local counties continue to lead the way.

According to the latest census numbers, Randall County had the highest growth percentage among Hispanics than any other county in Texas.

That growth occurred from 2010 to July of 2016.

During that time, Randall County's percentage of Hispanics grew by nearly 5%. In 2010, it was nearly 16.5%.

Six years later, 21% is considered non-Hispanic White
  
It's no surprise that Texas' Hispanic population is booming. The latest numbers show it doesn't really matter where.

Randall County still has one of the highest populations of non-Hispanic Whites, but the latest data shows what the rest of the state already knows the Hispanic population continues to grow somewhat higher than the white population.

The availability of jobs is one of the largest driving factors, but the disparity in fertility rates is also chief among the reasons.

State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter says the white baby boomer population is dying off at a faster rate than they're being replaced.

"First of all, the Hispanic population in Texas tends to be young, meaning there aren't many older people to die," said Dr. Potter. "They have slightly higher fertility rate than replacements so they're adding more children."

Dr. Potter says without the huge Hispanic population in Texas the state wouldn't be the economic force that it is.

Another example of the growth in the Hispanic population is the state's overall population grew by 2.7 million since 2010, more than half, 1.4 million, are Hispanic.

The white population grew by less than half a million.

Texas is already a majority-minority state with Hispanics or Latinos leading the way.

Six years ago, Hispanics made up 37% of the population.

That number's above 39% today.


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