March 21, 2011 | Latin American Herald Tribune | Original Article

Florida Hispanic Population Increases 57%

MIAMI – Florida’s Hispanic population increased by 57.4 percent over the past decade and Latinos today make up 22.5 percent of the 18.8 million inhabitants of the Sunshine State, according to 2010 Census data released Friday.

The growth of Florida’s non-Hispanic population in the same period was 9.6 percent.

According to the Census, Florida’s black population grew by 28.4 percent between 2000 and 2010, while the number of Asians increased 70.8 percent, that of non-Hispanic whites by 13.2 percent, while natives of Hawaii and other Pacific islands was up 42.4 percent.

Florida has a total population of 18.8 million, compared with 15.9 million 10 years ago, an increase of 16 percent.

Miami-Dade County is Florida’s most densely populated with 2.5 million inhabitants, of whom 62.5 percent are Hispanics, a community that grew 20.5 percent in a decade.

Florida ranks fourth among U.S. states in population, behind California, Texas and New York. EFE