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Texas Hispanics Median Age Lower

August 22, 2001

HOUSTON (AP) _ The median age of Texas’ Hispanics is nearly a decade younger than that of the U.S. population as a whole, according to 2000 census figures.

Experts attributed the difference to Hispanics’ higher birth rate.

Census figures show there are about 3.6 people in Texas Hispanic households vs. 2.5 people in white non-Hispanic households.

``Any time you have a population demographically with higher birth rates, you will have a younger population,″ said demographer Steve Murdock of the Texas A&M-based State Data Center. ``Immigration tends to be selective of young adults and young adults result in young families.″

Hispanics made up 32 percent of the state population last year. Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 53 percent, and blacks less than 12 percent.

The Hispanics’ median age was 25.5, well below the statewide median of 32.3. The national median age is 35.3.

The median age among blacks in Texas was 29.8 and Asian-Americans came in at 31.3. Non-Hispanic whites had a median age of 38.1.

``I think Mexican-Americans on average are younger in Texas because we have larger families, and that’s also why you’ve seen such a rapid rise in the Latino population in Texas, in the decade,″ said Nina Perales, staff attorney for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Immigration Fund. ``Some people are inclined to think the increase is because of immigration, but that’s not correct, it’s also a natural increase.″

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