Hopkins’ Hispanic residents up 41.5 percent since 2000
By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor
July 9, 2007 - Like the rest of Texas, the Hispanic population in Hopkins County continues to increase at a rapid rate, although whites continue to make up the vast majority of local residents.
The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today indicate the Hispanic populace in the county has grown 41.5 percent since the 2000 census, while the number of black males and females has remained virtually unchanged.
The figures put the county’s population as of July 1, 2006, at 33,496, almost 2,500 more than the total six years before (31,960).
In the year 2000, Hispanics totaled 2,967, or 9.28 percent of the local populace. Last year, the number had increased to 4,198, or 12.54 percent of all county residents.
The local Hispanic population has also tripled since 1990, when the census counted 1,407 Hispanics, or 4.9 percent of the total in the county.
But the latest estimates also show a black population that has seen virtually no growth in the new millenium.
In the 2000 census, the number of black males and females was tallied at 2,576. Six years later, the total was adjusted to 2,584.
Whites continue to make up 90 percent of the population, with the number increasing from 28,813 in the year 2000 to last year’s estimate of 30,151 (a 4.6 percent increase). Black’s accounted to 7.7 percent of the population last year, and Hispanics the aforementioned 12.54 percent. (Note: The numbers do not add up to 100 percent because people of multiple ethnicities are included in more than one category.)