Posted on June 5, 2023

A Quarter of All Children in the U.S. Are Latino, U.S. Census Study Finds

Edwin Flores, NBC News, June 2, 2023

A recent data analysis of the 2020 census shows the number of Latino children in the U.S. grew by more than 1 million in a 10-year period.

The analysis, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, offers additional insight into the U.S. population and the ways it has changed since the previous census in 2010. Researchers found that 25.7% (18.8 million) of all U.S. children under 18 were of Latino origin in 2020, up from 23.1% (17.1 million) in 2010.

Florida had the largest gain in the number of underage Latinos, adding 259,931 children over the period examined. New Jersey and Maryland followed from a distance, with 105,575 and 89,159 additions respectively.

Maryland tied Connecticut with the largest increase in total percentage points at 6.5%, while Rhode Island saw the third-largest jump at 6.2%.

Despite seeing gains in the total number of Latino children, Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island’s overall population of children declined.

The Latino population also saw an increase in their overall median age to 30 years old, up 2.7 years from 2010. Non-Hispanics’ median age also grew, but less: they reached a median of 41.1 years of age in 2020, up 1.5 years from 2010.


The shifts in the Latino population’s median age over the decade studied also varied by race.

The median age of all respondents who chose “Two or More Races” in the 2020 census was the youngest, at 29.5. Latino respondents who chose the “Two or More Races” option aged the most over the decade, having the oldest median age across all Latinos by race groups at 31.3, a 10.8-year increase from 2010.


Latinos in all U.S. regions saw decreases in self-reporting as “White Alone,” but Latinos in the South experienced the sharpest decline: from 62.9% in 2010 to 23.2% in 2020. {snip}