According to recent data from the Census Bureau, Hispanics have surpassed non-Hispanic whites as the largest demographic group in Texas, with over 12 million residents compared to 11.9 million non-Hispanic whites. Texas saw an increase of 262,000 new white residents and approximately 223,000 Hispanic residents from July 2021 to July 2022. Harris, Bexar, and Dallas counties have the largest Hispanic populations in the state, with Harris County having over 2.1 million Latino residents, comprising 45% of its total population.
By Jose Luis Adriano; June 22, 2023
Hispanics are now confirmed as the largest demographic group in Texas with more than 12 million residents, while non-Hispanic white population is estimated to be 11.9 million, according to new data from the Census Bureau.
Texas added 262,000 new white residents, as well as about 223,000 Hispanic residents from July 2021 to July 2022, but overall Hispanic population outnumbered white population by 128,938 people, said data from the Vintage 20222 Population estimates released this Thursday.
Population estimates released last year already seemed to hint that Latinos had eclipsed non-Hispanic whites as the predominant population group in Texas.
Harris, Bexar, and Dallas counties have the biggest Hispanic populations in the state. Harris County has more than 2.1 million Latino residents, or 45% of its total population, adding over 34,000 Latinos from July 2021 to July 2022, explained Kristie Wielder, a Census Bureau demographer.
Bexar County has 1.2 million Hispanics, and gained more than 19,000 in the same period.
Dallas County is 41% Hispanic with 1,078,852 million of its 2,600,840 residents, gaining 8,774 new Hispanic residents from July 2021 to July 2022.
“The state’s total Hispanic population increased by 1.9% last year,” said Wielder.
Hidalgo, El Paso and Tarrant counties were other counties with Hispanic populations between 657,000 and 822,000. Latinos are the predominant demographic group in 77 counties in Texas.
Data from the Census Bureau also revealed the state’s median age was 35.5 as in July 2022, while the nation’s median age was 38.9 years. Texas remains younger than the national median age and also ranked third among the states with the lowest median ages. Utah’s median age was 31.9 and the District of Columbia was 34.8 years.
North Texas counties all had lower than the state median age. Dallas County median age in July 2022 was 34 years, and Tarrant’s was 35.1 years.
“Urban counties that are associated with metro areas are generally younger”, explained Wilder.
More than 220,000 people in Dallas County were between 25 to 29 years old, the biggest age group in the county.
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