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FACTBOX-Hispanics are fastest-growing U.S. minority

/ Source: Reuters

The Hispanic population in the United States grew by 3.3 percent between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005, making it the biggest and fastest-growing U.S. minority. Here are figures on U.S. minority populations and annual growth rates for 2005:


Hispanic (all races) 42.7 mln 3.3 pct

Black 39.7 mln 1.3 pct

Asian 14.4 mln 3 pct

American Indian/Alaska native 4.5 mln 1 pct

Hawaiian/Pacific islanders 990,000 1.5 pct

Non-hispanic white 198.4 mln 0.3 pct

TOTAL U.S. 296.4 mln 0.9 pct

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, May 10, 2006

The data refer to the population who reported a race alone or in combination with one or more other races.


More Hispanics live in the Chicago suburbs than in the city of Chicago, reflecting a departure of Hispanics from the city to the suburbs. Here are figures on the Hispanic populations inside and outside Chicago:

1990 2000 2004

City of Chicago 546,000 754,000 746,000

Suburban Chicago 291,000 651,000 862,000

Greater Chicago 837,000 1.4 mln 1.6 mln

Source: 1990 and 2000 Censuses, 2004 American Community Survey.

(Compiled by James Kelleher in Chicago)