Hispanic population expected to exceed 50 million
By Mariano Castillo, CNN
(CNN) -- U.S. Census Bureau demographic data to be released Thursday are expected to show that the Hispanic population of the United States has reached a new milestone, topping 50 million people, demographers told CNN.
The results are expected to show that Hispanics accounted for more than half of the nation's growth since 2000.
"The face of the country is changing," Jeffrey Passel, demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, told CNN.
The headline for the demographic data is that the non-Hispanic white population is staying the same, while the Hispanic and Asian populations are quickly growing, Passel said.
Thursday's findings will not be a total surprise because demographic data have already been released for all states except for New York, Maine and the District of Columbia.
Nearly 47 million Hispanics were counted in those 48 states, and the Hispanic population of New York alone is expected to push the number past the 50 million mark and as high as 50.5 million, Passel said.
The Asian population is growing just about as fast as the Hispanic population, but there are three times more Hispanics in the United States, he said.