The USA is the country with the second largest Hispanic population in the world, second only to Mexico. Think about it…
- There are more Hispanics living in the United States than in the six Central American countries combined. (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama).
- In each of the last three US censuses it has indicated that the Hispanic population has grown an average of 57.7 percent.
- Over the past 30 years, Hispanics have become the nation’s largest minority. The U.S Census Bureau projects that the Hispanic population in the U.S. will triple to over 132 million by 2050.
It used to be that 75% of the Hispanic population would reside in a few key states: New York, Florida, Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado, Texas and California. However, we have seen a shift in the migration pattern and today we see states like North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia with a very strong Hispanic presence.
You may be interested to learn that North Carolina has the fastest growing Latino population in the country. According to the latest US Census, the Latino population in North Carolina has grown 394%, from 76,726 in 1990 to 378,963 in 2000. By 2004, the North Carolina Hispanic population totaled 600,000+ or 7% of the state’s total population. Now, in 2010 this number is estimated to be closer to 700,000.
Understanding the reality of a growing Hispanic population in North Carolina, what should we do? Here are a few simple steps:
- Pray for a genuine desire to reach Hispanics.
- Pray that God will open doors for contact and ministry.
- Learn about Hispanics that live in your community by getting demographic information from your local Baptist Association and/or from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.