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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: