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.