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Hispanic Population Growth in Arkansas to Get Bigger

SEPTEMBER 29, 2004 - Posted at 2:15 p.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - Hispanic population growth in Arkansas may be a relatively new phenomenon in Arkansas.

But a leading international demographer says a wave of immigration not seen since the early 20th century will have the greatest impact on the state in coming years.

Carl Haub, chairman of population information for the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau, says Arkansas has only an average fertility rate and below-average births as compared to deaths, but it is also a "second-wave type state of Hispanic immigration."

Haub said those largely working-age immigrants tend to keep the state's population young.

Although Arkansas is only three percent Hispanic, he says, people think it is an invasion since it is a new phenomenon.

Most Arkansas Hispanics are recent Mexican immigrants.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported 86,800 Hispanics in Arkansas in 2000.  The number had jumped to 97,000 in 2002.  Nearly half of U.S. population growth comes from immigration, as opposed to domestic births, and 43 percent of Arkansas' growth comes from out-of-state moves, not births.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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