Census Puts Arkansas' Hispanic Population Above 150K

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The latest census figures put the Hispanic population in Arkansas at more than 150,000.  The new Census Bureau estimates to be released today show the state has nearly double the Hispanic population that it had seven years ago.

The figures, show that Hispanic men continue to outnumber women, a likely reflection of the influx of workers from Latin America drawn to the state's poultry plants and construction sites.

The yearly growth rate of the Hispanic population in Arkansas dipped to 6.3 percent last year, the lowest it had been since 2000.  But that rise still helped put the population at its highest recorded level ever in the state.

Non-Hispanic whites remain the dominant racial group in Arkansas, representing 2.15 million people, about 75 percent of the population.  Blacks remain the state's largest minority group with 442,789 people, representing 15.6 percent of the state's population.

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