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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- One of every seven people in the US are Hispanic. That's according to a Census Bureau report being released today.
The report said the country's largest minority group accounted for one-half of the overall population growth of two-point-nine (M)million between July 2003 and July 2004.
The agency estimated there are 41.3 (M)million Hispanics in the US.
Research Economist Pam Perlich told the Deseret Morning News that Utah is also seeing an increase in its Hispanic population.
Perlich said Hispanics contributed 23 percent of Utah's population growth during the 1990s. She said that grew to a census-estimated 27 percent from 2000 to 2003.
American University Expert Lewis W. Goodman said the increase is largely due to immigration and high birthrates.
The Census Bureau estimated the Hispanic population growth by using data on births, deaths and international migration.
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