Data: Brookings Institution; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios
A new census analysis shows the Hispanic or Latino population in the U.S. grew by 23% during the past decade — but some metro areas saw a population boom three or more times that rate.
Why it matters: It's Hispanic Heritage Month. The national population is changing, and the rapidly growing and more dispersed Latino populations come with important implications for U.S. politics.
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While Democrats have typically enjoyed strong support among Latinos, there are signs some may be skewing Republican.
And while counties with some of the most Latino representation tend to be in the Southwest, some of the fastest-growing Latino communities are in metro areas to the east.
By the numbers: In 1990, 2 in 5 Latinos lived in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Chicago, writes Bill Frey of the Brookings Institution.
Now, about the same proportion are spread between those four metros, as well as Houston, Dallas and Riverside, California.
All seven metro areas have more than 2 million Latino residents.
But Latino communities are growing faster in areas that have smaller Latino populations to begin with — a sign of the demographics dispersing rather than congregating in a handful of cities.
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