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Latinos To Overtake Non-Hispanic Whites As Texas’ Largest Population Group By 2022, Census Data Projects

The demographic shift has political implications for the state as a whole and for Harris County in particular


A U.S. Census worker conducts his 2020 survey in a neighborhood.

Hispanic Texans are on track to become the state's largest population group by 2022. The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau also show that Harris County is becoming more diverse, even as its rate of population growth slows.


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The data show that, since 2010, Texas has added more than three times as many Hispanic residents as non-Hispanic whites. The state also has the largest African-American population in the country.

"It has consequences in all realms of public policy, in terms of education, in terms of health, that we really need to pay attention to the needs, the wants, the preferences of these important population groups, because these population groups are going to be running the state in the next couple of decades," said Jeronimo Cortina, an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.

Harris County already had nearly twice as many non-white residents as whites in 2010. Since then, the county's white population has added less than 50,000 people, while its non-white population has grown by more than half a million.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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