The growth of the U.S. Latino population -- once the nation's fastest growing -- slowed considerably over the past seven years and slipped behind that of Asian Americans amid declining Hispanic immigration and birth rates, a study released Thursday found. The Pew Research Center study, which analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data, found that the U.S. Hispanic population grew annually on average by 2.8 percent between 2007 and 2014. That's down from the 4.4 percent annual growth from 2000 to 2007, before the Great Recession. By comparison, the Asian American population grew around 3.4 percent on average annually during the same period. William H. Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, the slower growth is largely a factor of the economy. A slower economy is influencing families to hold off on having more children, and it's discouraging migration amid stronger border enforcement, he said.
- Dallas Morning News, September 2, 2016