Increasingly, rural America’s new neighbors are Hispanic/Latino. While only a small percentage of Americans living in rural and mixed-rural counties are Hispanic – 12% – they make up a large number of new families moving and being born in rural places. One-in-two of America’s new rural neighbors are Hispanic. Put differently, that is 1.5 million new Hispanic residents over a two year period.
Below is a table of the estimated net new rural/mixed-rural county residents summed by state broken out by ethnicity. Figures were calculated by comparing the 2011 and 2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Population Estimates. Margins of error were excluded so figures should be taken as rough approximations.
|State||All Ethnicities||Hispanic/Latino||% Hispanic|
|D. of Columbia||NA**||NA**||NA**|
* Figures calculated by comparing the 2011 and 2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Population Estimates. Margins of error were excluded so figures should be taken as rough approximations.
** Rhode Island and the District of Columbia have no counties that are classified as “rural” or “mixed-rural” according to the measures of Andrew Isserman.
*** New Jersey had a declining rural/mixed-rural population. As a result, it is impossible to say that Hispanics accounted for any of the “increase” in the state’s rural/mixed-rural population. However, the rural/mixed-rural decline was smaller because of a large increase in the Hispanic population in these areas.