Texas: Hispanics Officially Become the Largest Demographic Group Surpassing Non-Hispanic Whites!

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 06/23/2023
According to new data from the Census Bureau, Hispanics are now officially the largest demographic group in Texas with more than 12 million residents, surpassing the estimated 11.9 million non-Hispanic whites.

Between July 2021 and July 2022, Texas saw an increase of 262,000 white residents and about 223,000 Hispanic residents, but the total Hispanic population outnumbered the white population by 128,938 people, according to data from the Vintage 20222 Population estimates released this Thursday.

According to population estimates from the previous year, Latinos had already surpassed non-Hispanic whites as Texas' largest population group.

The largest Hispanic populations in the state are in Harris, Bexar, and Dallas counties. According to Kristie Wielder, a Census Bureau demographer, Harris County's population of more than 2.1 million Latinos, or 45% of all residents, increased by over 34,000 from July 2021 to July 2022.

With 1.2 million Hispanic residents, Bexar County saw an increase of over 19,000 during that time.

Dallas County has 2,600,840 residents, 1,078,852 of whom are Hispanic, making up 41% of the population. From July 2021 to July 2022, 8,774 more Hispanic people moved to the county.

According to Wielder, "the state's overall Hispanic population increased by 1.9% last year."

Other counties with Hispanic populations between 657,000 and 822,000 included Tarrant, Hidalgo, and El Paso. In 77 Texas counties, the majority of the population is Latino.

The state's median age as of July 2022 was 35.5 years, while the national median age was 38.9 years, according to data from the Census Bureau. Texas is still younger than the US average for median age and is the third state with the lowest average age. The median age in Utah was 31.9, while it was 34.8 in the District of Columbia.

The county median ages in North Texas were all lower than the state average. The median age in Tarrant County was 35.1, compared to 34 in Dallas County.

Urban counties connected to metro areas tend to be younger, according to Wilder.

The largest age group in Dallas County, which consisted of more than 220,000 people, was 25 to 29 years old.

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