Census Underscores Hispanic Growth
POSTED: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 9:49am
UPDATED: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 3:12pm
The Hispanic population in the United States has surpassed the fifty million mark, according to the new census.
The impact of this growth is being felt everywhere.
The Murvartian family moved from Mexico to Atlanta, looking for a better life. They are part of the reason why Hispanics now make up one in six Americans.
"We love Atlanta. We feel like have more opportunity and more jobs."
The U.S. Census Bureau says the Hispanic population now accounts for more than half of the total growth in the U.S. population.
"People of Hispanic origin now clearly make up second largest group in the country."
Nationwide, Hispanic growth is most dramatic in the south. More than double in Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee and nearly double in Georgia and Virginia.
Asians also grew by double digits but still make up less than five percent of the population.
"The majority of the growth occurred in the the south and west. One quarter of the people in the country now live in California, Texas and New York."
There are signs of Hispanic influence everywhere.
On Telemundo, the soap opera "La Reina Del Sur" debuted only three weeks ago and beats its English language network competitors in prime time.
New strength in numbers that show an increasingly diverse nation.