U.Va. Assesses 2010 Census Data on Virginia's Hispanic Population

February 16, 2011 — Continuing efforts to make 2010 U.S. Census data more accessible and user-friendly, demographers at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service have assessed the data on recently released local-level 2010 population counts, including data on people of Hispanic origin living in Virginia.

Here are highlights of Virginia's Hispanic population as of April 1, 2010:

•    More than 630,000 Virginia residents were of Hispanic origin, accounting for nearly 8 percent of the total population. This constitutes a 92 percent increase since 2000.
•    Sixty-two percent of the commonwealth's Hispanics live in Northern Virginia. At the same time, areas such as Culpeper, James City and Orange counties and Suffolk city, which had few Hispanics in 2000, now have sizable Hispanic populations.
•    Fifty-three percent of Hispanics in Virginia are native citizens. Thirteen percent of Hispanics were born abroad and became naturalized citizens of the U.S.; and 34 percent of Hispanics are foreign-born non-citizens.
•    Most of Virginia's foreign-born Hispanics were born in El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala.

Localities with the Largest Number of Hispanic Residents     Localities with the Largest Percentage of Hispanic Residents
Fairfax Co. 168,482 Manassas Park city 32.5%
Prince William Co. 81,460 Manassas city 31.4%
Loudoun Co. 38,576 Prince William Co. 20.3%
Arlington Co. 31,382 Alexandria city 16.1%
Virginia Beach city
28,987 Fairfax city 15.8%

This is one of a series of Census Briefs prepared by the Demographics & Workforce Group of the Cooper Center. For information and related data tables, visit its website.

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Meredith Gunter

Demographics Research Group, Weldon Cooper Center