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Hispanic Population Grows in Missouri

Census Bureau estimates for 2006 show the population of those of Hispanic origin accounted for 2.8 percent of Missouri’s population. With a 38.5 percent growth rate in the state since 2000, more than 164,000 Hispanics call Missouri home.

The 44.3 million Hispanics nationwide represent the largest minority group in the US. The Hispanic population has grown 25.5 percent in the nation since 2000.    

The leading Missouri counties in Hispanic population are Jackson County (47,180), St. Louis County (19,364) and Clay County (9,428). Other top population concentrations include St. Louis City (8,953), St. Charles County (7,014), and Jasper County (6,056).
 

Counties with the highest percent increase from 2000 to 2006 include St. Charles County (68.0%), Jasper (67.5%), Pettis (65.8%), and Cass (61.7%).

Top Missouri Counties by Hispanic Population

County

2006 Hispanic Population

2000 Hispanic Population

Percent Change
2000 to 2006

Percent Change
2005 to 2006

Jackson County

47,180

35,160

34.2

4.2

St. Louis County

19,364

14,577

32.8

5.5

Clay County

9,428

6,594

42.9

8.3

St. Louis city

8,953

7,022

27.5

3.4

St. Charles County

7,014

4,176

68.0

5.3

Jasper County

6,056

3,615

67.5

6.8

Greene County

5,852

4,434

32.0

5.3

Boone County

3,451

2,413

43.0

10.8

Platte County

3,237

2,211

46.4

3.3

Cass County

2,937

1,816

61.7

9.8

Pulaski County

2,918

2,404

21.8

0.3

McDonald County

2,874

2,030

41.6

4.9

Barry County

2,680

1,713

56.5

8.1

Jefferson County

2,630

2,002

31.4

6.9

Pettis County

2,531

1,527

65.8

6.5

Total Missouri Hispanic Population

164,194

118,592

38.5

5.3



 
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