Hispanics lead population growth in Ohio

People who identify themselves as Hispanic now represent an estimated 3.4 percent of Ohio’s population.
TNS Regional News
Jun 26, 2014


In all but one of Ohio’s 88 counties, population growth is being driven by people who identify as Hispanic.

In fact, in 67 of the counties — though not booming Franklin or Delaware — the Hispanic population has grown since 2010 while the number of non-Hispanic residents has declined, according to census data released today.

The new estimates that break down population changes by race and Hispanic origin show that Ohio gained an estimated 32,263 Hispanic residents between 2010 and last year. That’s an increase of about 9 percent. Meanwhile, there are about 7,000 fewer residents who say they’re not Hispanic in origin.

The Census Bureau defines Hispanics as those who identify as being Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban or are from other Hispanic, Latino or Spanish backgrounds. Hispanic origin is considered an ethnicity, not a race, and Hispanics can be of any race.

Meigs County in southern Ohio is the only county in which the Hispanic population declined. So, too, did the counts of the county’s non-Hispanic residents. But, as in other small, rural counties, the numbers are small to begin with, so even slight increases or decreases over a few years can register as noticeable changes.

Still, Hispanics now represent an estimated 3.4 percent of Ohio’s population, up from about 3.1 percent in 2010. The state in general has become more diverse. The same is true of the United States as a whole.

“The national trends are clear: The growth in Hispanics is growing faster than non-Hispanics because of births, not immigration,” said Reanne Frank, an associate professor of sociology at Ohio State University. She studies demographics and immigration.

The increase in the growth rate among Hispanics isn’t because of fertility. It’s because more U.S.-born Hispanics are reaching adulthood, Frank said, and are starting families.

“And nationally, Asians are the fastest-growing ethnic group, and that’s due to immigration."

Delaware and Franklin counties are growing, period. They are first and second in the state for the fastest rates of growth, and Franklin comes in first among all Ohio counties for gaining the greatest number of total residents and Hispanic residents. But the gains in recent years come in large part from Hispanic residents and from those who identify as Asian.

In Delaware County, the Hispanic population grew an estimated 18.4 percent between 2010 and 2013, or by more than 1,300 people. Residents who say they are non-Hispanic Asians increased by about 22 percent. Whites grew at about 5 percent.

And unlike the rest of the nation, where younger Hispanic residents have fueled growth, in Franklin County, it’s the adult population. The greatest growth among Hispanic residents here is among those age 40 or older.

“The Hispanic growth rate is one that doesn’t make Ohio unique. It’s matching what’s happening nationwide,” said Mark Hugo Lopez, the director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center. “I think what’s happening is there are probably job opportunities, or something about family and internal migration.”

The Hispanic and Asian populations in Ohio are growing not only in counties with big cities, such as Franklin and Cuyahoga. They also are growing in small, rural counties, though on a smaller scale.

Pickaway County gained about 270 Hispanic residents. But that represented a 23 percent increase. Rural Madison County, which shrank slightly in overall population, has one of the highest rates of population growth among Asians. Between 2010 and last year, the county added 178 Asian residents, a gain of 37.2 percent.

“Part of it could just be a very small base (of Asian residents). In places like Madison County, the population is not nearly as diverse as the national average, but to the extent that we get above-average growth, it starts to close the gap a little bit,” said Bill LaFayette, owner of the analytical firm Regionomics. “You add a dozen (people) to that, you’ve got a pretty good growth rate.”

In some small counties, a nearby college or a business that makes new hires could drive increases in diversity, Frank said.


By Jennifer Smith Richards - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

Dispatch library director Julie Fulton contributed to this story.

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JudgeMeNot's picture

We are in trouble now and each year gets worse with the The Mexicanization of America. The tipping point is just around the corner.

Press 1 For English.


+ 1 or is that + uno


agree, and don't forget the new Africa, too.

Cliff Cannon

Since " America " is made up of immigrants from around the globe. I for one have no problem with anyone wanting to come here for a better life.

However, I do find it totally ridiculous, that an English speaking America does not expect all immigrant's to speak English. After all picture your self moving to any other country then expecting that country to speak your native tongue. ( Even feels ridiculous to contemplate, don't it ? )


When anyone comes here for a better life, they should not try to change it to be like Mexico, Italy, Syria, Arabia, or any other country they came from. America is America, come here, love it, speak English and get a job, not welfare.


new state slogan, "ohio, a great place to drop anchor!"


Due to the results of the 2010 U.S. Census, OH lost representation in Congress because of a loss of population.

Lost representation means a loss in political clout nationally for the State.

Loss in political clout means fewer federal dollars coming in.

Be thankful for whatever population growth OH might see from whatever source.

Hey! CNBC recently had their annual review of the "Top States For Business."

OH came up 10 places from no. 28 in 2013.

Mr. Kasich must be doin' something right.

Have some nachos with salsa and guacamole, put on some mariachi music and relax.



Canadá tiene dos idiomas nacionales, francés e inglés, ¿por qué no los Estados Unidos?


@windy - Les Canadiens français veulent tout à travers le Canada soit en français pour eux, mais ne pouvait pas moins de soins que les Canadiens anglophones ne peut pas trouver quoi que ce soit en anglais au Québec.


...windy, dsw ...op it stay!


@dswwtp - Buen punto, pero más que todo en los Estados Unidos ya es bilingüe, Inglés o Español.


Personally, I don't mind Asians coming because they are not known to reproduce so fast and they work! We are being invaded and it's a scary place right now. Cap welfare at 1 child. PERIOD! When there are 3, 4, and 5 or more children - it sucks our tax dollars! If you can't pay for your kids then don't have them!

shovelhead's picture

I agree. We reward people with more welfare money for having more kids. What a joke. Just go ahead & breed away, slackers! You're president will just print off more!

stupid thoughts

I'm Hispanic...not only that but i was born here in Norwalk, I'm not on welfare, my uncle owns his own business here in town and has made tens of thousands of dollars from you. people forget that before any of your white feet touched "American" soil this land belonged to the red and the brown man! it was white greed and disease that has destroyed this country. the white people are the ones who don't belong here. white people did not make this country what it is, the brown, the red, and the black built this country. white people enslaved all these people called this their country and started inbreeding with everyone of them, so i suggest before any of you say anything you check your family tree thoroughly because I'm sure somewhere in it you all have a little Mexican in you, and if you don't its just a matter of time before your mom does.I'm proud of who i am and that is Hispanic, an American, born here in your town. white people are finally falling into the category they have always belonged....the minority! Germany,Poland,and Europe will gladly take you back. so i say this. if you don't like these statistics go back to where you belong, last i knew this was called the United States of America


Wow your name is fitting, those are really stupid thoughts.

stupid thoughts

a racist would think that! ignorant hicks

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eat my shorts

stupid thoughts - considering I have blonde hair and blue eyes, I doubt there's a little Mexican in me. Up until the time you posted a comment, this was a semi-tame discussion. You said your uncle owns a business.... Do you actually work for your uncle? If so which do you do, mow or run the weed whacker? It's real easy to post stupid replies to idiotic comments. I have a lot of respect for the Hispanics in our community and how hard they work, but then you come along.........


Re: "blond hair and blue eyes"

There are Mexicans with those features.

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eat my shorts

O.K. Mr. Technical, you're right but it's only because Europeans settled in Mexico, or someone of European descent was born there. I know my pedigree very well and it doesn't take any detours thru Mexico. If you really need to be a know-it-all about everything, then why don't you go back and correct "stupid thoughts" for saying "everyone has a little Mexican in them". You could say something like "10% of Mexicans are part European".

stupid thoughts

actually shorts i don't mow, I'm the racist Mexican spitting in your food.....ENJOY


OH then you work at Casa, for your criminal uncle, say have you guys had another raid lately? Or another Salmonella outbreak? Drug deals under the tables or out in the parking lot perhaps?


stupid thoughts

funny how you rip on Casa...no raids, no dealing,finally got a white girl to clean,so no salmonella. only $$$$$$$$$$$$,don't know if you have ever noticed but its packed full every Friday and Saturday, with all you white folks and yer kin.........hahahahahahaha


not mine, buddy not after what I witnessed, on several occasions when R.O. had the B'vue location (ex - El Caporel).. which was located on a residential block.

It finally got cleaned after YT did it. Figures. and Typical. BTW: Not from Norwalk. So your traffic report doesn't apply to me.

stupid thoughts

pretty sure if you do your research you will find more lazy fat white girls on welfare than mexicans. they work hard for their money and save it. they have more money than most of you im sure. they bust azz doing jobs lazy americans think their to good for. people say their taking jobs but how many of you are going to go pick fields for minimum wage? you sure will eat it though. this is 2014 people get over the racism. than again cant really expect more from a bunch of inbred hicks from this hick town. so be proud wave your confederate flag but remember this, ten years from now you will be hated against for how lazy most of you are and the fact that your skin is white. follow the statistics people,you are becoming the minority so i would be aware, not for yourselves but your grandchildren. they will be the ones growing up with racist views in a brown mans world!!!!!

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eat my shorts

stupid thoughts - where are all the skinny Mexican women at? I can tell you without a doubt that they're not around here. I'll say it again, it's real easy to post a stupid reply to an idiotic comment.


stupid thoughts I came on to make positive comments about Mexican work ethic but you killed my enthusiasm

stupid thoughts

i think its funny how many of you crack jokes and rip on the hispanic culture but as soon as anyone defends it and makes fun of yours you have nothing logical to come back only more hate. thats fine with me though just shows how ignorant you people really are.


I think you are ripping the Hispanic culture as being hateful and ignorant and I think you are not representive of the good people and more representive of the ones who get drunk and knife fight,you have ruined the case for positive thoughts and comments on this article,go out under the tree and drink another quart of beer

stupid thoughts

How about i go to work instead and bust my arse so your sister can stay on welfare.

stupid thoughts

see its stupid stereotypes like that that anger me. the only people hating on me now is ignorant white hillbillies who think their entitled to something....did i make you all mad? hahahahahaha good