Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the Hispanic population.
For the first time, Hispanics are the largest demographic group in the Lone Star State, according to figures released by the US Census Bureau Thursday to mark the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The numbers showed that as of July 1, 2021, there were an estimated 11.86 million Hispanic Texans, 40.2% of the state’s population.
White, non-Hispanic Texans made up 39.4% of the population, an estimated 11.63 million people.
The growth is even more pronounced in young Texans, The Texas Tribune noted, with Hispanics making up 49.3% of under-18s.
The numbers have been trending toward a Hispanic plurality for years in Texas, with nearly 11 residents of that ethnic group gained for every additional white non-Hispanic resident over the previous decade, the outlet noted.
Of the 4 million new Texas residents over the past 10 years — the highest population growth in the country — nearly half were Hispanic, according to the Tribune’s analysis.
However, Hispanic residents are more than twice to live below the poverty line (19.4%) as whites (8.4%).
The median income for a white Texas household in 2021 was $81,384 — compared to just $54,857 for a Hispanic one, according to the new data.
And while 95% of white Texas adults have at least a high school diploma, only 70% of Hispanic adults can say the same. In addition, just 18% of Texas Hispanics graduated from college with s bachelor’s degrees or higher, compared with 42% of white adults, the data shows.
“Those are issues that are of concern to the state,” state demographer Lloyd Potter told the Houston Chronicle.
“A fair proportion of our population has lower levels of educational attainment, and our economy is growing in a way that is demanding more and more high skill or higher-skilled labor.”
The shift comes as Texas officials continue to complain about being overwhelmed by illegal immigrants flooding in through the border with Mexico.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has since started busing many new arrivals to Democrat-run sanctuary cities — including New York — in protest of President Biden’s border policies.