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Hispanic Populations Growth Slowing In Idaho

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By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - According to the Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho’s Hispanic population only increased 2.1 percent between mid 2011 and 2012. That, is the slowest growth rate since the U.S. Census Bureau began tracking Hispanic Population in 1981. Estimates released by the Census Bureau on Thursday put Idaho’s Hispanic population at 185,160, up just over 3,800 from July 2011 to account for 11.6 percent of the state’s overall population. Fifteen states had higher concentrations of Hispanics, led by New Mexico at 47 percent. Nationally, the Hispanic population grew 2.2 percent to over 53 million, 16.9 percent of the total population, which increased 0.7 percent between mid-2011 and mid-2012. The state’s slowdown in Hispanic population growth, in part the result of fewer Hispanics moving to Idaho from elsewhere, is reducing the gap in the proportion of the population that is young.

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