The Tennessean reports on recent U.S. Census data which found that 1 out of every 7 people in the United States is Hispanic, and noted the numbers for Tennessee:
"In Tennessee, roughly one out of every 50 people is Hispanic - or 135,669 from a 2003 Census estimate placing the state's population at 5,689,261. In the greater Nashville area, the ratio is more like three out of every 50."
"The Hispanic growth rate for the 12 months starting July 2003 was 3.6%, compared with the overall population growth of 1%."
"The growth rate was 3.4% for Asians, 1.7% for native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, 1.3% for blacks, 1% for American Indians and Alaska natives, and 0.8% for whites."
"'Looking toward the future, we see a different face of the U.S. population,' said Audrey Singer, an immigration and census specialist at the Brookings Institution. 'But I don't think that's necessarily new. It's a confirmation that this hasn't stopped or changed much.'"