Texas census numbers to show huge Hispanic growth
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Census numbers set for release Thursday
afternoon are expected to show huge growth in the Hispanic
population in Texas.
Estimates already indicate that more than 80 percent of the
growth in Texas from 2000 to 2009 came from minority populations,
and the percentage of Anglos dropped to 46 percent of the total in
2009. Latinos accounted for about two-thirds of the growth during
the period, according to the estimates.
On Thursday, Texans will find out the exact count down to the block level, officials say.
The detailed demographic data will be used to redraw boundaries
for Congress and the Legislature.
Texas is getting four new Congressional seats, more than any other state, and Hispanic
leaders say more Latino-dominated seats should be drawn.