Posted on January 5, 2005

Hispanic Births Pass Anglos’ in Arizona

Kerry Fehr-Snyder, Arizona Republic (Phoenix), Jan. 4

More Arizona babies were born to Hispanic women in 2003 than to their White, non-Hispanic counterparts, another reflection of the state’s fast-growing Hispanic population.

That could explain how Jose became the most popular boy’s name in the state last year, nudging aside Jacob and the long-running No. 1, Michael.

“What it really means to Arizona is that eventually Arizona will have come full circle,” said Loui Olivas, a professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

“Every demographer I’ve talked to thinks the majority of Arizona’s population will be Hispanic by 2035 or 2045,” he said.