Census: Missouri minority population grows at faster pace

Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 10:13 p.m. CST; updated 9:43 a.m. CST, Friday, February 25, 2011
Missouri, Boone County and Columbia are becoming more diverse.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's racial minority population grew at a fast pace during the past decade largely because of an increase in Hispanic residents.

New 2010 U.S. Census Bureau figures obtained Thursday show that Missouri's Hispanic population increased by 79 percent since 2000, compared to a growth rate of a little more than 4 percent for white residents.

Even with that increase, Hispanics comprise just 3.5 percent of Missouri's population, compared with 83 percent for whites.

Blacks remain Missouri's largest racial minority, at 11.6 percent of the total population.

The number of Asian Missourians grew by 59 percent during the past decade, but they still comprise just 1.6 of the total population.

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