New York's Latino population is on the rise. Photo: Ashoka Jegroo/Wikimedia

Over the past 10 years, New York’s Latino population has grown from 3.4 million to 3.9 million — an increase of 15.5% — increasing the Latino share of the state population from 17.6% to 19.5%, a new report has found.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund released its 2020 Census profile of New York looking at how New York’s Latino population has grown across the state and within its ten largest counties and cities over the last decade. 

In Brooklyn, Latinos make up 18.9% of the county population, with 516,426 of our 2,736,074 residents identifying as Latino.

The study found that while the state’s Latino population grew in the double digits between 2010 and 2020, the state’s non-Latino population increased by only 1.8%. Latinos, it found, accounted for 64.5% of the state’s total population growth over the past decade. 

NALEO Educational Fund CEO Arturo Vargas said the report proved that Latinos were the future, both in New York City and across the state.

“Latino population growth outpaced that of other populations following an election year that saw groundbreaking wins for Latino candidates,” Vargas said.

“Policymakers should take note and ensure they are remaining accountable to the Latino population in every decision-making process.” 

The study found that the Latino population was younger than other New Yorkers, with 1 million Latinos being were under 18, and 2.9 million were 18 and older in 2020.  More than one-quarter (25.9%) of all Latino New Yorkers are under 18. 

In New York City, 28.3% of people identify as Latino, or 2,490,350 of the city’s 8,804,190 residents.

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