Hispanics now make up Wisconsin's largest minority group: Hispanics are now the largest minority group in Wisconsin, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
People who identified as Hispanic make up 6.34% of the population, compared to 6.26% for African-American, the next largest minority group.
"It happened earlier than I thought," said Enrique Figueroa, an associate professor and director of the Roberto Hernández Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
From 2010 to 2013, Wisconsin's population increased by 53,653 people — slightly less than 1%. Hispanics accounted for roughly half of that growth.
The non-Hispanic white population declined by less than a percent to 4,739,713, and makes up 82.5% of the state's population.
Strong growth in the Hispanic population is a trend that goes back decades. It nearly quintupled since 1980, increasing from 62,972 to 363,925.
The increases have been particularly noticeable in younger populations.
Statewide, the overall number of people age 19 and under decreased by
2.2% since 2010. But the number of Hispanics in that age group
increased by 5.7%.