Births, not immigration, account for most of Hispanic growth in last decade
Mexican-American women accounted for 16% of the nation’s births in 2008.
July 14th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Births, not immigration, account for most of Hispanic growth in last decade

Births have overtaken immigration as the driving force behind the growth of the Mexican-American population in the United States in the past decade, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The same can be said for the entire Hispanic population of the United States, which grew from 35.3 million in 2000 to 50.5 million in 2010, accounting for 16.3% of the U.S. population, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. About 58% of that growth resulted from births rather than the arrival of new immigrants, the report says.

The trend is most evident among Mexican-Americans, whose numbers grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million from new immigrant arrivals in the past decade, reversing trends from the previous two decades, when the number of new immigrants matched or exceeded the number of births, the report says.

Mexican-Americans are the nation's largest Hispanic group,  at around 31.8 million, or 63% of the U.S. Hispanic population and 10% of the total U.S. population.

In the Pew report, the term Mexican-American applies to people of Mexican origin, regardless of immigration status. The study noted that in 2010, 52% of people of Mexican origin were in the U.S. illegally, and that 68% of births to undocumented aliens were to Mexican nationals.

What's behind the change?

Mexican-Americans are more likely than U.S.-born Americans to be in their prime child-bearing years, and they also have higher fertility rates, the report says. Another significant factor is a steep decline in Mexican immigration to the United States in recent years.

Hispanic births accounted for 25% of the nation’s newborns in 2008, the report says, citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. U.S. births are also disproportionately Mexican-American. While 10% of the nation’s population in 2008 was Mexican-American, 16% of the nation’s births were to Mexican-American mothers.

White children in the minority in 10 states

Meanwhile, the number of new immigrants arriving from Mexico fell by 60% between 2006 and 2010 because of declining job opportunities in the U.S., increased border enforcement and economic growth in Mexico, the report says, citing a previous Pew Hispanic Center study of Mexican immigration trends.

Age and fertility explain the high share of births among Mexican-Americans, the report says. On average, Mexican-Americans are younger than other major racial and ethnic groups, with a median age of 25, compared with 30 for non-Mexican-origin Hispanics and 41 for whites.

Mexican-American women also have more children than their counterparts in other racial and Hispanic origin groups. The typical Mexican-American woman between 40 and 44 has given birth to 2.5 children, compared with 2.3 children for the typical same-aged Hispanic woman and 1.8 children for the typical same-aged white woman, according to Pew Hispanic Center tabulations from the 2006 to 2010 June Fertility Supplements of the U.S. Current Population Survey.

The Hispanic share of the population is projected to rise from 16.3% in 2010 to 29% by the middle of this century, with the bulk of the future increase driven by births rather than the arrival of new immigrants, the report says.

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  1. TruthbeTold

    I hope the Hispanic's continue having more children! Perhaps it will help rid this country of the UGLY redneck, imbred, illiterate, welfare hicks from this country that think incestual offspring are superior! Many Mexicans and other Hispanic people are as much European in ancestry as the nast imbred hicks that continue to make racisit comments on these boards! However, most Hispanic's coming to this country are the ones who are mostly of Native American descent! Hence, the Native Americans have been here much longer than you or I. Please people, be more concerned with the content of the persons character and not with the color of their skin. Racist people are only doomed for misery, while incorrectly believing in their White superiority! Without even knowing what White is!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. So sue me !

    Welcome to the new Nazi Era. Why don't we just put all non-whites inside of ovens ?!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Obuma Hussein Barracks

    Average number of children from illegals = 6. Take those 6 x at least $25,000 per year in free school, health, and food x 18 years = $2,700,000.00 Yes 2.7 million dollars spent on just six children of illegals to adulthood. Just 6 of them. And there are millions more! yet our SS, Medicare, and Veterans monies are going down the drain. Something is wrong here!!!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jweller

    And in other news, 100% of kids have mothers.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. flyngpenguin

    I'm white but I'm mexican American not mixed not.all.mexicans Americans.are.short dark and overweigth.I'm.tall.I have green eyes .so. stop. sterotyping people... .fertility is the reason ......Hispanic woman. Are blessed..by fertility

    July 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. native pride

    my grandparents dealt with immigrants as well, but we call them WHITE PEOPLE!!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cyber

    I would be curious how many of these births are from illegal aliens who came here to give birth.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PHinMiami

    Seriously, Hispanics are burdening our system by having kids? Kids they can't afford to feed, clothe or educate? Whoa, what a surprise.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      So are whites, etc. Before you draw a false conclusion from my nick, think Italian.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      And you can bet tax dollars paid for a majority of them. Love to see the stats on that one – but they'll never publish those.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • PHinMiami

      Yes Hugo, but would like to see percent of select populations living off the taxpayers. I'm sure it would sicken anyone.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • white maggot

      WOW! WHAT A SURPRISE, MEXICANS WORK HARD! ARE PAID LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE, PAY TAXES THEY NEVER GET BACK, NEVER BEG ON THE STREET LIKE WHITE MEN DO. MY GOD, GO TO SPOKANE, WA YOU SEE WHITE MEN ALL OVER BEGGING FOR MONEY FOR DRUGS!!! YOU WILL NEVER SEE ANY MEXICANS DO THAT! WHY? THEY WORK FOR A LIVING! UNLIKE WHITE PEOPLE WHO JUST ASK FOR A FREE HANDOUT!!! YAY! I AM WHITE, LAZY AND PROUD OF MY PEOPLE!

      July 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. native pride

    MY GRANDFATHER CALLED IMMIGRANTS WHITE PEOPLE

    July 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSMinDC

      I thought the term was "pale face." Treaties allow your people to make billions from the "pale faces," especially the retired ones.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • native pride

      a true immigrant pig with no real heritage!!
      it must hurt

      July 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wraith

      No real heritage?
      ...
      Here, have a blanket.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • realnative

      They still are immigrants to me. My kids are mixed with white but yes their people came from England. This is everyone's land now.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ok

      3% blood dosent make you native american

      July 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • native pride

      i can feel your pain.
      England is calling.

      go home!!! that's if you know where that is..

      July 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. realnative

    @veronica so your native american? what tribe?

    July 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Butch

    The sad fact is that honest Americans paid for most of these anchor births.

    Seal the border for law and order.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • white maggot

      sure, let's start with CANADA after all

      that border ISN't SEALED! And lets' praise white women for killing their kids! Casey Anthony, Susan Smith, you white women make this country proud!

      July 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LeeVA

    None of these comments are posted in order.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dina

    Let's live in LaLa Land for a moment. If we successfully kicked out the illegal aliens (focusing on people of Mexican heritage), an apple would probably cost around $12. Roadwork – forget it. Construction – hahaha. Restaurant meals – will double or triple in cost. You want a nanny for that shiny baby – your husband better be frigin rich. This country rides on the backs of the cheap labor provided by illegal aliens. Everyone knows this, including the scoundrel politicans in GA (where I reside) who are visibly hateful towards Mexicans....yet you see 10 Mexican or Central American landscapers mowing their giant lawns on West Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta. Hypocrisy at its finest....

    July 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ok

      Actually, you would see little increase in price since construction companies and the like charge for full wages and pocket the difference between what was charged and what was actually paid under the table to illegals.

      Those jobs would be filled by LEGAL immigrants, and the national economy would be healthier since you would not have 30 million or so living off of WIC/wellfare/etc.

      But, hey.....keep living in LALA land where you think because someone is against illegal immigration(breaking the law), it means they are racist. Just because you have a guilty concience dosent mean the rest of us have to put up with it.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bellabiv Devot

      So......you're in favor of keeping a system that treats the illegal latinos as a lower class?

      I'd rather pay more for things knowing that the people producing them aren't being taken advantage of.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dick

    I've seen more Hispanics take care of their kids than blacks, instead of taking care of their children they go score more rock

    July 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yankee Lover

    Alright, I'll say it....all you white women out there – get busy and start popping out those white babies right now!! Do your part for your country. Since all the white people thought it would be smart/considerate/responsible not to have so many babies that they couldn't afford and were responsible enough to use birth control – this is what happens. Other races who aren't as smart/considerate/responsible and who have total disregard for whether or not they can even afford to have one baby yet just keep popping them out year after year because they know they will be able to take advantage of all those 'free' services offered to them, will eventually out number the white people. Get busy ladies and gentlemen....the clock is ticking........

    July 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • white maggot

      YES AND WHITE WOMEN, AFTER YOU "POP" THEM OUT, DON'T TRY TO EAT OR KILL THEM! I MEAN, THANK GOD WE HAVE AWESOME ROLE MODELS LIKE SUSAN SMITH, JEFFERY DAHMER, TED BUNDY, CASEY ANTHONY BUT COME ON! LET'S TRY NOT TO KILL OR EAT OUR PEOPLE! YES, I KNOW IT'S HARD...BUT LET'S TRY NOT TO, UMMM KAY!!!!

      July 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
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