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. john

    no one should have more than 3 babies. their carbon footprint would be too big. so it's unethical. the hispanics where i live have way too many babies. one right after another. then of course they end up using all the social programs in the city. ugh!!! no more immigrants!!! and i'm a liberal!!!

    July 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Al-Aziz

    Don't sink down to their level. Besides, we are all from Africa and biologically the same.

    July 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • texan

      that is true only if you believe that sort of thing.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. flyngpenguin

    God s. will Hispanic. woman are naturally. more. fertil. the choose people

    July 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike, formerly from Syracuse

      Rabbits are fertile too, and don't need welfare checks.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Volksair

      It has nothing to do with the fertility of the Latina, it's the male with his idiotic MACHO mentality. One of the news groups did a article years ago why the Mexicans have a lot of kids. The two main reason were,
      1) The males think having a lot of kids shows them of being Macho
      2) Keep their wife pregnant so she can't cheat on him.
      Besides, having kids in the states is to their advantage, the state will pick up the tab.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marina

      @Volksair....The majority of Mexican Americans are also Catholic. Catholics in general have more kids than non-catholics

      July 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      Don't forget the Catholic Church and it's prohibition against birth control.Ironic since that religion was forced upon the ancestors of many Hispanics by white Europeans on pain of death,no less.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • realnative

      @Volksair we are fertile. Maybe because we don't mess our body's up with abortion. And no it has nothing to do with machoness...LOL we love having big families.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • voter

      I've never know any illegal on welfare,foodstamps, unemployment pay or any kind of government assistance simply because those programs a rereserved for LEGAL U.S. residents only.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Volksair

      @realnative: Having lived in predominantly Latino neighborhoods and also in the Philippines, there cultures are alike. Both the Females are very submissive to the man, and both males walk around with a constant h**d on, and would have s*x with anything that walks, crawls or slitters. And both in "Most" cases are very irresponsible.
      No realnative, it's not that they love kids, there ignorant.

      July 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • realnative

      @Volksair so your calling me well MOST love big me. & I'm not submissive to my husband its 50/50. And males that will do anything that moves well thats 99% of males no matter the what race.

      July 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sarah

    It looks like everyone on here needs a reality check you live in AMERICA if you don't like it leave,no ones making you stay here?

    July 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose Gonzalez


      July 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james

    Africa for the Africans

    Asia for the Asians

    Mexico for the Mexicans

    White countries for everybody

    It's genocide.

    July 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      yeah, run the whites out of america

      July 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david

    United States took over the land that was property of Mexico (New Spain Reign) and settled by mexicans (California, Arizona, Nuevo México, Texas) so now, don´t blame them for recover what is theirs..... United States expansion in the 19th century was based on illegal wars, lies , bribe and lies..... fortunately the Empire is collapsing, greetings for nice people of America of any race.

    July 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • texan

      TExas kicked Mexico's @$$ fair and square in the 1800's. And we let them stay if they wanted to. I dont mind hispanics being here. just pay taxes like the rest of us. that all i ask. b/c im tired of my taxes going to pay for non tax payers kids( no matter the race or origin ) to go to school. That why there such a debt problem. of course this is my opinion. and im sure people will have things to say back to me about it.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Yeah, well, if the "Empire" collapses then so does Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Welfare.

      July 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Al-Aziz

    Yeah, and the algebra used to design those computers came from the Arabs, sucka.

    July 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      Good point Al-Aziz.Many don't realize it but when the Ancient World died with the fall of Rome all their technology traveled east to the Byzantine Empire(Eastern Roman Empire)and was then transmitted to the Arab countries who further exanded and developed it.Al-Andalus(Moorish Spain) marked a high point in this journey of discovery.Arabs have every right to be proud of both their history and scientific accomplishments and the rest of us should be grateful.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ct

    Boy, how could liberals spin that any more?

    July 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pedro Martinez

    Maria!!! Whyyyyyyyy? he he

    July 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    Hate the game, not the player. Change the laws, see if I care..

    July 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. S_Cali

    And who is paying for all these anchor babies??

    July 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Meli Mel

    There's an easy solution- have the Vatican foot the bill for the immigrants and their children.

    July 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    @Garrapata had me at "Puritans". Your post is without a doubt one of, if not THE most thought-out posts ever posted here on the N. I salute you, sir, and thank you for posting your wisdom. You, sir, are like a breath of fresh-aire as a city bus passes spewing it's vapor to the wind, MY wind! Really, your words are beyond praise...faithful and true. Thak you kindly for being here and sharing your wealth of insight!

    July 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pianist702

    Is this actually NEWS to anybody???

    July 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Istrian61

    This is how it works: whites can thank the slave traders for the B.lack crime pandemic......we have to live it....all the libtards who are responsible for the "barrio invasion" who have kids?...well their kids will be second-class will their kids and so on.....and I think that scenario is funny......libtards deserve what they for me? kids....who would want to live in America of 2075?..unless one is a "cholo"...

    July 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
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