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Growing Hispanic Presence
Richard Larsen, Deputy Managing Editor, Hispanic Business, May 2011
It's all in the numbers -- 50.5 million Hispanics, a 43 percent population increase in 10 years. One of every six people in the United States is Hispanic. Of the total Hispanic population, 17.2 million are younger than 18. One in four children in the country is Hispanic. Hispanics accounted for more than half the growth in this nation over the last decade.
The findings of the 2010 census confirm that Hispanics have become a major influence across the nation's economic, social and political fronts. The findings also confirm that a major demographic shift is under way, the same kind of shift other ethnic groups took in the late 19th century and through a good portion of the 20th century. In fact, some people feel it is more than a shift.
In an April 1 interview on NPR, Jorge Ramos, the co-anchor of the nightly newscast "Noticiero Univision," said, "It's truly a demographic revolution ... and it's already having enormous impact economically and politically."
Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), wrote in an April 22 Op- Ed piece for The Wall Street Journal, "Every issue that Americans care about -- whether education, health care, Social Security or the economy -- involves the Latino community."
Increasingly, this demographic revolution comes from a younger, more involved Hispanic population.
"We are tech savvy," Hernan Lopez, president of Fox International Channels, wrote in the March 14 issue of Advertising Age. "We spend more time on mobile devices than our non-Hispanic peers. We use social media as a means to communicate, express ourselves and create, and we spend more time online than non-Hispanics."
Read the complete article: http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/2011/5/11/growing_hispanic_presence.htm
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