The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.
According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.
That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.
But how has the increase impacted Texas? Where cities and towns in Texas have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?
Turns out there’s been a 16.8% increase in the Hispanic population in Texas.
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Texas with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:
- Roma (Photos)
- Elsa (Photos)
- Hidalgo (Photos)
- Progreso (Photos)
- Rio Grande City (Photos)
- San Juan (Photos)
- Crystal City (Photos)
- Socorro (Photos)
Roma took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Texas for 2018.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Texas ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Texas With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018
We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Texas.
That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.
Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:
- Hispanic or Latino
- White alone*
- Black or African American alone*
- American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
- Asian alone*
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
- Some other race alone*
- Two or more races*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 329 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 99.6% to 4.0%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Roma took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Iowa Park was the least Hispanic city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Texas ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
Roma is a city in Starr County, Texas, United States. The population was 9,765 at the 2010 census. The city is located along the Rio Grande, across from Ciudad Miguel Alemn in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Elsa is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,660 at the 2010 census. It is part of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission and Reynosa-McAllen metropolitan areas.
Hidalgo is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 11,198 at the 2010 census.
5. Rio Grande City
Rio Grande City is a city in and the county seat of Starr County, Texas. The population was 13,834 at the 2010 census. The city is 41 miles west of McAllen. The city also holds the March record high for the United States at 108 degrees Fahrenheit. The city is connected to Camargo, Tamaulipas, via the Rio Grande City-Camargo International Bridge.
6. San Juan
San Juan is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas. The population in July 2010 was 33,970 since then the population of San Juan increased since 2000 by +29.5%. It is part of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission and Reynosa-McAllen metropolitan areas.
7. Crystal City
Crystal City is a city in and the county seat of Zavala County, Texas, United States. The population was 7,138 at the 2010 census. It was settled as a farming and ranching community and was a major railroad stop being 110 miles from San Antonio. Spinach became a major crop and the city has promoted itself as ‘Spinach Capital of the World.’ During World War II, a large internment camp was located here. The town is also noteworthy in the history of Mexican American political self-determination for the founding of the La Raza Unida Party.
Alton is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,341 at the 2010 census.
Socorro is a city in El Paso County, Texas, United States on the north bank of the Rio Grande southeast of El Paso and on the border of Mexico. El Paso adjoins it on the west and the smaller city of San Elizario on the southeast; small unincorporated areas of El Paso County separate it from the nearby municipalities of Horizon City to the north and Clint to the east. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 27,152. By the 2010 census, the number had grown to 32,013. It is part of the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is El Paso County’s second-largest municipality, after El Paso. It has a council manager type of government with five city council members. Socorro is the 93rd largest community in the state of Texas.
There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across Texas
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic populations across Texas according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic places in Texas:
- Iowa Park
- Bridge City
For more Texas reading , check out:
Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Texas
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