September 6, 2016

Hispanic Population Growth and Dispersion Across U.S. Counties, 1980-2014

U.S. Hispanic population by county

In 1980, the U.S. population of 226.7 million included 14.6 million Hispanics. Fully 67% of the Hispanic population was concentrated in the 47 counties (out of more than 3,100) that had at least 50,000 Hispanic residents.

The map below shows where Hispanics lived in the United States in 1980 and provides detailed information on the 10 counties with the largest Hispanic populations.

Population
>=100,000
50,000 - 99,999
10,000 - 49,999
1,000 - 9,999
<1,000
Share
>=25%
15-24.9%
5-14.9%
<5%
Growth
Fast growth (>=90%)
Slow growth (0-89.9%)
Negative growth (<0%)
<1,000 Hispanics in 2000
Growth
Fast growth (>=98%)
Slow growth (0-97.9%)
Negative growth (<0%)
<1,000 Hispanics in 2014

Top 10 counties

Download the Excel workbook of data for all U.S. counties and read the accompanying report.

Source: Population counts for 1980 and 1990 are from the decennial censuses (SF1 files). The population counts for 2000 are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates. The 2000 estimates are the April 1, 2000, base for the vintage 2009 county population estimates, which may differ slightly from the 2000 Decennial Census counts because of post-enumeration corrections. Population counts for 2010 are tabulated from P.L. 94-171 Summary Files released by the Census Bureau in February 2011. The 2014 population counts are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates and are as of July 1 of that year.