New Census Data Shows Opportunity in SW and with Hispanics

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I spent a little time this morning looking at the 2006 census numbers that were just released, and they were, dare I say it, pretty exciting.  Exciting, because they strongly support the demographics arguments NDN has been making, by showing that the fastest growing states are by and large concentrated in the Southwest and have the highest percentage of Hispanics relative to total population.  Three important conclusions:

  • The two fastest growing states between July 2000 and July 2006 were Nevada and Arizona, fourth and fifth respectively in Hispanics as a percentage of population.  Nevada's population increased by 24.9% and Arizona's by 20.2%.  That compares to a national average of 4.7% population growth.
  • The seven states with the highest percentage of Hispanics relative to total population (New Mexico, California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Florida) make up seven of the top fifteen fastest growing states and five of the top eight.
  • Those seven states, mentioned above, grew by an average of 13.8% between July 2000 and July 2006.  The average growth for the rest of the country over the same period was 4.7%.  That means that these states, where Hispanics comprise 16.8% to 42.1% of the population, are growing three times as fast as the rest of the country.

Tags: democraphics, Hispanics, Southwest (all tags)



Re: New Census Data Shows Opportunity in SW and wi

Also, the fastest growing counties included Harris in TX (Houston), Clark in NV (Las Vegas), and Los Angeles (duh) in CA.

While there is every reason to expect that these states and the ones listed above will be rich in Hispanic voters, there isn't any evidence in the current census release for increased opportunties for Hispanics.

Because the data related to race and ethnicity won't be released until July 1.

But I don't expect the data, once released, to contradict the implication of this post, which is that progressives have a huge opportunity with Hispanics and need to take advantage of it.

by nathanhj 2007-03-22 01:40PM | 0 recs
Re: New Census Data Shows Opportunity in SW and wi

I actually didn't mean to imply that the data indicated any increase in opportunities for Hispanics, but rather that the data shows, as you said, "that progressives have a huge opportunity with Hispanics and need to take advantage of it."  I actually work for a progressive think tank and advocacy organization called NDN that does a lot of work in this area, and I encourage you to check it out at and

by Aaron Banks 2007-03-22 01:53PM | 0 recs
Re: New Census Data Shows Opportunity in SW and wi

I'm familiar with you guys and check the site occassionally.

by nathanhj 2007-03-22 02:01PM | 0 recs
Opportunity in SW and with Hispanics

I am Marshall Adame.

I am hispanic. (Father -Mexican, Mother-Irish)

North Carolina has been my home for 30 years. Hispanics are integrated into the fabric of North Carolina. We re viewed here as North Carolinians first...who happen to be hispanic.
The Hispanic Democrats in North Carolina are organized and active throughout the state.

I hope to be the First US Rep, of Hispanic heritage, from NC.

by Marshall Adame 2007-03-23 03:07AM | 0 recs
Farmers vs. Hispanics.

As long as these western farmers keep getting their tax cuts, like the estate tax cuts and free trade agreements, they are going to vote reliable republican in the foreseeable future, I think CO isn't going to vote Democratic or Arizona, I think Dems must rely on NV, NM and FL enroute to the WH because the farmers like their tax cuts.  There must be a shift in their way of thinking like they did from the 80's to the 90's to get them to consistently vote Democratic.

by olawakandi 2007-03-23 08:23AM | 0 recs
Re: California migration

One of the big factors pushing growth in some of the mountain states is migration from California to Nevada, Arizona, and Idaho.  I'm not sure about Colorado and New Mexico.  As these Californians spread out, they will take their politics (mostly progressive) with them.  Add in the Hispanic growth and things look promising indeed in many western states.  New Mexico already has a democratic PVI and Nevada is dead even and trending hard Democratic.  Colorado and Arizona are in the ball park.

by David Kowalski 2007-03-23 08:56AM | 0 recs


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