NC One Of Top States For Hispanic Population Growth

The number of Hispanics in the U.S. is growing rapidly, especially in the South, and the rising numbers could increase their political influence.

According to new census data released Thursday, nine of the Top 10 states with the highest growth rates are in the South.

South Carolina tops the list with an 8.7 percent increase over a year's time as of July 1. An analysis by the Brookings Institution shows the state's Hispanic population was nearly 169,000 in July -- a 76 percent increase from July 2000.

Tennessee saw an 8.1 percent growth rate, while North Carolina's
growth was 7.8 percent.

Nationally, the number of Hispanics rose by 1.4 million to 45.5 million. Hispanics now account for 15 percent of the U.S.

Some Hispanic advocacy groups predict about 10 million Hispanics will vote this year.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Al Location: Lake Balboa on May 2, 2008 at 09:16 PM
    You guys are incredibly ignorant! The fact that hispanics are a growing force does not mean that they go there to burden the system or take jobs away from the local work force. It means that there are people that aren't willing to do those jobs for such low wages so, if anyone is to blame then blame the people who hire them and the people who would rather go on assistance because washing dishes or doing manual labor is below them. Learn from other states who have large Hispanic populations and don't make the same mistakes that they have made. Instead of complaining about the illegals look at those who are fully capable of working and choose not to do so. Make them accountable and cut of their assistance after a year so that they don't continue to get a free ride on the system. Don't blame the hard working man who just wants to feed his family and happens to be hispanic, blame the person who thinks that they deserve everything for free because they were born here. Don't be Ignorant!
  • by Erik Location: Greensboro on May 2, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    Not a stat to be proud of.
  • by Me Who Knows Location: Washington,NC on May 2, 2008 at 03:49 AM
    Josh,foreigners don't pay taxes on businesses like we do because they get "minority" loans..the system is geared to "help" them...but a regular middleclass business cannot even begin to get the perks they do...Again,to help the situation,each person should refuse to do business with stores & businesses who hire illegals....That would send an enormous message...They are a burden on us all but until we all,repeat all, stand up and do something about it,it is going to get worse and worse for the poor middle class..Remember the next time you go in a store and see a hispanic person trying to wait on you....odds are they are illegal..and the sad thing is that the employers know this and will lie for them so they can have cheap labor....there should be immediate monetary punishment for these employers...only each one of us can do something about it....don't frequent their stores!!
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2008 at 06:17 PM
    Well said John from Mt. Olive!
  • by Josh Location: Greenville on May 1, 2008 at 03:35 PM
    And we wonder why NC Taxes are so high..did you know the illegals get free health care as well...and foriegners dont pay taxes on the business Mostly hotels and gas stations) they own and run. Whats up with that.
  • by Me Location: Washington,NC on May 1, 2008 at 02:01 PM
    Great comments,John,Michael & Chris....the majority of hispanics in our state and particularly in our area are illegals..and guess what,part of the problem is that employers hire them knowing they are illegals!! The next time you go in a place of business & talk to a hispanic person,I would give you outstanding odds they are illegal...if we would all refuse to be waited on by hispanics or not go into stores that hire them,maybe employers would get the message...right now all they see is cheap labor...Also,write to your government officials and tell them how you feel about all the illegal aliens we have to support,because believe me they try to get these free government programs as much or more than people who really need them...I've seen it myself, I know....and they will lie,steal or cheat to stay here...enough is enough,let your representatives know how you feel in this matter or I'm afraid it is going to get much worse!
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2008 at 01:17 PM
    Here Here John from Mt. Olive!!!
  • by michael Location: williamston on May 1, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    The middle class can not keep supporting the world. somewhere,sometime,someboby has to give us a break.the rich get richer the poor get more handouts to the point that there is no need or will to try to get a job and work and the middle class just keep working to try and carry the worlds problems on our backs.
  • by chris on May 1, 2008 at 07:11 AM
    I find it very hard to believe that the hispanic population is growing this large legally. If they are not here legally, then they will not pose any kind of political threat.
  • by John Location: Mt. Olive on May 1, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    Why are we sitting back and allowing this to happen? I understand the desire of them to come here for a better lifstyle, but if all the people in the world that wanted a better lifestyle were to come here; we would be the same as any third-world country. Our social systems in place can not handle this burden. If you think that you are not affected and we should just turn our head as we done in the past; you are wrong. Take a look at the schools, emergency rooms, social service department and other agencies being over-run for free services that the taxpayers are burdened with. It is time we demand from our politicians that they enforce our immigration laws reqardless of who doesn't like it. This iqnoring illegal immigration is a cancer on the United States that will destroy it.

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