Hispanics Leading Minority Growth in AZ

Here's a reason that Arizona Republicans might want to be less hostile to Latinos: Hispanics now make up 30 percent of the state's population, while non-Hispanic whites have dropped from 64 percent to 57 percent of the population, according to Jonathan Reid of Cronkite News, who breaks down Arizona's latest census numbers:

WASHINGTON — Arizona’s Hispanics made up just over 30 percent of the overall state population for the first time in 2012, as the state’s minorities continued their steady growth, according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.

The bureau also said that 43 percent of Arizona residents were minorities in 2012, with the state continuing to inch toward a minority-majority population within the next 15 to 20 years.

The growth in the minority population is led by Hispanics, whose population has doubled since the early 1990s, according to James Garcia, a spokesman at the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

But Garcia said the recent growth is different than that of the previous two decades, because it is now being driven by native-born Hispanics rather than immigrants.