Census: Hispanics Fuel U.S. White Population Growth

New 2010 census figures show an unexpected reason behind a renewed growth in the U.S. white population: more Hispanics listing themselves as white. The shift is due to recent census changes that emphasize "Hispanic" as an ethnicity, not a race. In a switch, the 2010 census forms specifically instructed Latinos that Hispanic origins are not races and to select a recognized category such as white or black.
September 30, 2011
 

New 2010 census figures show an unexpected reason behind a renewed growth in the U.S. white population: more Hispanics listing themselves as white. The shift is due to recent census changes that emphasize "Hispanic" as an ethnicity, not a race. In a switch, the 2010 census forms specifically instructed Latinos that Hispanic origins are not races and to select a recognized category such as white or black.

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