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Hispanics flock to Georgia

September 18, 2003


(Atlanta-AP) -- New Census figures show that Hispanic immigrants have flooded to the South since 2000 -- with Georgia leading the way.

Hispanic populations have grown around the country, but of the ten states with the highest influx of Hispanics, six were in the South: Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia and Alabama.

Georgia led the nation with a 16.8% growth from 2000 to 2002, according to Census Bureau estimates released today. The 2000 Census found a Hispanic population of about 450,000 in Georgia -- a ten-year increase of 300 percent. The growth over the next two years would put the 2002 population at more than 525,000.

Charles Gallagher -- a sociology professor at Georgia State University -- says Hispanics were drawn to the South seeking manual labor in agriculture, construction, textiles and janitorial work.

Following Georgia, the District of Columbia had the second-highest Hispanic growth, at 16 percent.

  • The Hispanic population in each state in July 2002, July 2000 and the percent change between the two years: 

State                  2002           2000       %Change

Ala.                 86,322         76,596           12.7

Alaska            28,237         25,904             9.0

Ariz.               1,476,738      1,317,167       12.1

Ark.                 97,073         87,814             10.5

Calif.               11,936,707     11,066,639      7.9

Colo.               818,274        746,721           9.6

Conn.               345,424        324,219          6.5

D.C.                 52,456         45,219             16.0

Del.                 41,263         37,618             9.7

Fla.                 3,019,305      2,720,900       11.0

Ga.                  516,530        442,135          16.8

Hawaii               91,092         85,771          6.2

Idaho               113,935        102,993          10.6

Ill.                    1,681,402      1,545,345      8.8

Ind.                  236,367        217,090          8.9

 

Iowa                 89,627         82,964            8.0

Kan.                 206,715        189,682           9.0

Ky.                   68,838         60,432              13.9

La.                   114,584        108,769            5.3

Maine                10,298          9,409               9.4

Md.                   256,510        230,679             11.2

Mass.                467,276        431,284             8.2

Mich.                349,166        326,846             6.8

Minn.               158,752        144,702              9.7

Miss.                 42,904         39,959                7.4

Mo.                  127,322        119,721               6.3

Mont.                19,092         18,123                5.3

Neb.                 103,580         95,161              8.8

Nev.                 462,690        402,488             15.0

N.H.                 22,479         20,732                 8.4

N.J.                 1,220,733      1,129,504            8.1

N.M.                796,171        769,783               3.4

N.Y.                 3,073,430      2,892,175            6.3

N.C.                444,463        384,308               15.7

N.D.                  8,198          7,744                    5.9

Ohio                228,959        219,208               4.4

Okla.               192,769        180,312                 6.9

Ore.                 312,442        278,024              12.4

Penn.               415,700        397,324                4.6

R.I.                   98,947         91,428                 8.2

S.C.                 109,285         96,178               13.6

S.D.                 11,486         10,929                  5.1

Tenn.               139,861        125,330               11.6

Texas               7,314,341      6,753,718            8.3

Utah                 224,304        203,895              10.0

Vt.                    5,813          5,538                     5.0

Va.                   378,060        333,892                13.2

Wash.               490,448        444,560                10.3

W.Va.                12,507         12,382                 1.0

Wis.                   209,074        194,862                7.3

Wyo.                 33,352         31,878                   4.6

U.S.                 38,761,301     35,686,594            8.6

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   Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

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