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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Ocala has the fastest-growing Hispanic population in the United States

Ocala has the fastest-growing Hispanic population among metropolitan areas across the United States.

On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released new estimates highlighting the “differences in growth between the U.S. Hispanic and non-Hispanic” populations in the country from 2022 to 2023.

According to the new estimates, Ocala and Homosassa Springs, Florida tied for the fastest-growing Hispanic populations among U.S. metropolitan areas that have at least 10,000 Hispanic residents.

Between 2022 and 2023, the Ocala/Marion County Metropolitan Statistical Area saw its Hispanic population increase by 9.3%.

Overall, the Hispanic population accounted for nearly 71% of the growth in the United States population during that time. According to the Bureau, there were over 65 million Hispanic individuals in the U.S., or 19.5% of the total population, in 2023.

According to the Bureau, approximately one-third of the “overall net gain in the Hispanic” population can be attributed to “international migration.” The largest increase in the Hispanic population from 2022 to 2023 can be attributed to “natural” causes, with the organization tallying 722,000 more births than deaths during that period.

This heat map shows the percentage change in the Hispanic/Latino populations among counties across the United States. (Photo: United States Census Bureau)
This heat map shows the percentage change in the Hispanic/Latino populations among counties across the United States. (Photo: United States Census Bureau)

In comparison, approximately 437,000 Hispanic migrants came into the country during the same period, according to the Bureau.

The state of Florida was second among states that saw the largest numeric increases in their Hispanic populations from 2022 to 2023. According to the Bureau, the state of Florida’s Hispanic population grew by 191,373 individuals during that period.

The amounted to over 50,000 less than Texas (242,306), and over double the next closest state (California – 83,036).

“The Hispanic population is expanding at a substantially faster rate than the non-Hispanic population, primarily due to natural increase, that is, more births than deaths,” said Kristie Wilder, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s Population Division.

The growth in Ocala’s Hispanic population mirrors the city and county’s overall population trends in recent years.

Earlier this year, the Bureau reported that Marion County had the ninth-highest net domestic migration last year among 3,144 counties in the United States, adding over 15,000 residents at a rate over ten times higher than the national average.

Last week, Florida Realtors released data suggesting Ocala ranks third among the state’s metropolitan statistical areas for increases in home sales over last year.