Davenport, IA (KICD)–The Iowa Hispanic population is growing at a higher rate than state’s overall population.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday reveals more than 162,800 Latinos lived in Iowa in July 2012. This is an increase of 3.2 percent from last year making it 10 times the estimated increase for the state’s overall population.
Latinos make up a small amount of the overall population at about 5 percent, however, in 10 counties Latinos make up 10 percent of the population, an increase from seven counties in 2008.
In Iowa, the Asian population increased by 4.8 percent from mid-2011-mid-2012, the most rapid growing ethnic group in the state.