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Hispanics, retirees add to growth


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 28, 2001

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Because many Floridians hail from other states, they may be interested in census numbers from back home. Data from two larger states -- California and Michigan -- and from the District of Columbia have not been released. Following is a short synopsis on growth and race from several states.


Arizona's Hispanic population grew by 88 percent during the past decade and now accounts for a quarter of the state's 5.1-million people. Overall, the state's population grew by 40 percent during the 1990s, trailing only Nevada. Arizona is one of four states gaining two congressional seats because of population gains in the last decade. Arizona will send eight people to the U.S. House after the 2002 election. Overall, the state's population grew from 1990 to 5,130,632 last year.


Retirement havens in the mountains of north Georgia and in suburban Atlanta experienced the biggest growth spurts during the 1990s as Georgia became the nation's 10th-largest state.

Several counties outside Atlanta's perimeter doubled in size.

As expected, extraordinary growth occurred in Georgia's Hispanic population -- from 109,000 in 1990 to 435,000 in 2000, about a 300 percent increase.

The state population grew 26.4 percent since 1990, now totaling 8,186,453.


Immigrants, families and workers added to overall state diversity and helped fuel a Chicago-area boom in which the city gained population for the first time in 50 years.

The number of Hispanics grew by nearly 70 percent and the group now accounts for 12.3 percent of the state's population.

The five counties around Chicago all showed double-digit growth rates. Chicago itself picked up 112,000 people, bucking a trend among northern U.S. cities.

Overall, the state population grew by 8.6 percent to 12,419,293.


The state's Hispanic population increased by 117 percent during the 1990s, while urban sprawl continued around Indianapolis.

Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, and Tippecanoe County in the central part of the state, along with five northern counties, accounted for 70 percent of the state's 250,000 Hispanics.

Marion County continued to be the state's most populous county, increasing 7.9 percent in the 1990s to about 850,000 people. In 2000, 26.4 percent of the state's population lived in Marion and its eight surrounding counties.


The state population grew by 11 percent during the 1990s, but the suburbs and shore drew people away from Maryland's cities. Baltimore lost nearly 12 percent of its population from 1990 to 2000 as surrounding Baltimore County grew by 9 percent to 754,292, surpassing the city proper.

The state's population grew to 5,296,486.

New York

New York City and its suburbs surged over the past decade while the largest cities upstate -- including Buffalo and Albany -- lost people.

The number of people in the nation's most populous city grew 9.4 percent to 8-million, while surrounding counties also posted gains.

The number of state residents identifying themselves as Hispanic increased by 29.5 percent to 2.9-million, the majority living in New York City.

Overall, the state population grew 5.5 percent to 18,976,457.

North Carolina

The ninth fastest-growing state saw growth in its urban centers, mountains and coastal areas during the last decade, and it will gain a 13th U.S. House seat.

North Carolina has grown by nearly 3-million people in the past three decades, with nearly half that growth in the 1990s.

The Hispanic community more than quadrupled to 378,963 last year. Asians more than doubled their numbers, moving ahead of American Indians as the state's third-largest racial group.

The state was 72 percent white and nearly 22 percent black in 2000.


The 1990s expansion that made Texas the second most-populous state was led by Hispanics: Texas had 6.7-million Hispanics last year -- a surge of 54 percent from 1990 and accounting for 60 percent of the state's overall population increase.

The figures also show that 91 percent of the 3.9-million newcomers live in Texas' largest cities and their suburbs. The state's population was 20,851,820, an increase of 22.8 percent from 1990.

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