Cubans, look out. Salvadorans are hot on your trail to replace you as the third-largest U.S. Hispanic group.
A new Pew Research Center study shows that Salvadorans number 1.95 million, compared with 1.89 million Cubans.
Mexicans continue to lead, followed by Puerto Ricans.
The growth of Salvadorans marks a shift in the longtime rankings of the so-called Old Guard Latinos – Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Cubans.
Since 2007, Salvadoran growth rate has been twice the growth of Cubans – or 33 percent versus 17 percent.
“This reflects the relative youth of today’s Salvadoran population compared with their Cuban counterparts — median age is 29 versus 40,” the study said.
“So in the not-too-distant future, the third largest Hispanic-origin group might be Salvadorans,” the report said. “And more change may be on the way: demographic and immigration patterns show the Dominican population is close behind – it has grown 27 percent since 2007, from 1.2 million to 1.53 million."
Of the nearly 52 million Hispanics in the United States, nearly two-thirds, or 33.5 million, have roots in Mexico.
Puerto Ricans, the nation’s second largest Hispanic origin group, number about 5 million and make up more than 9 percent of the total Hispanic population in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Overall, the 14 largest Hispanic origin groups—Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Salvadorans, Cubans, Dominicans, Guatemalans, Colombians, Spaniards, Hondurans, Ecuadorians, Peruvians, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and Argentineans—make up 95 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population. Six of them have populations greater than 1 million, according to Pew.
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