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Missouri Hispanic Population Continues to Grow

In 2007, more than 178,000 Hispanics called Missouri home, an increase of 50.4 percent since 2000. U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2007 show the population of those of Hispanic origin accounted for 3.0 percent of Missouri’s population.

Nationally, the population of Hispanics was estimated to be 45.5 million, or 15 percent of the nation's population, making Hispanics the largest ethnic or race minority in the United States.  

Those of Hispanic origin make up 14.3 percent of the population of Sullivan County in the state. McDonald County followed with slightly less at 13.4 percent. Other top counties included Barry (8.0%), Pulaski (7.7%), Saline (7.5%) and Jackson (7.5%).

Hispanic Percentage of County Population
 
County Percentage of Hispanic Population

2007 Top 15 Missouri Counties 
Hispanic Population Percentage
County Total Population Hispanic Population Hispanic % of Total County Pop
Sullivan County 6,675 955 14.3%
McDonald County 22,895 3,059 13.4%
Barry County 36,197 2,896 8.0%
Pulaski County 44,326 3,391 7.7%
Saline County 22,701 1,712 7.5%
Jackson County 666,890 50,139 7.5%
Pettis County 40,807 2,767 6.8%
Jasper County 115,240 6,438 5.6%
Lawrence County 37,650 1,931 5.1%
Clay County 211,952 10,235 4.8%
Dunklin County 31,623 1,355 4.3%
Platte County 84,881 3,509 4.1%
Taney County 45,721 1,623 3.5%
Moniteau County 15,167 537 3.5%
Buchanan County 86,485 2,980 3.4%

 

Jackson County had the largest Hispanic population in the state with an estimated total of 50,139. St. Louis County's Hispanic population was the second largest, estimated at 21,366. Other top counties included Clay (10,235), St. Louis City (9,406) and St. Charles (7,796).

 

2007 Top 15 Missouri Counties 
Hispanic Population
County Hispanic Population
Jackson County 50,139
St. Louis County 21,366
Clay County 10,235
St. Louis city 9,406
St. Charles County 7,796
Greene County 6,703
Jasper County 6,438
Boone County 3,735
Platte County 3,509
Pulaski County 3,391
Cass County 3,233
McDonald County 3,059
Buchanan County 2,980
Jefferson County 2,956
Barry County 2,896

 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



 
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