While the overall nonmetro population grew 4.5 percent in the 2000s, the nonmetro Hispanic population increased 45 percent. Additionally, Hispanic population growth was not confined to areas with large Hispanic concentrations in the Southwest—Hispanic populations more than doubled in most nonmetro counties in the South, and in many otherwise slow-growing or declining sections of the Nation’s Heartland. In 228 nonmetro counties, overall population loss was avoided because Hispanic population growth more than offset non-Hispanic population decline.
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