Sep 24, 2021 - News
Tampa's Hispanic population booms
Illustration of a pattern of “I voted” stickers in Spanish and English.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Tampa Bay is playing a big part in the country's Latino boom.

  • A new census analysis shows the Hispanic or Latino population in the U.S. grew by 23% during the past decade, but as Axios' Stef W. Kight reports, metro areas like ours saw a population boom three or more times that rate.

Our growth, by the numbers:

  • 44.2% - Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
  • 46.5% - North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton
  • 76.2% - Lakeland-Winter Haven

Why it matters: The national population is changing, and the rapidly growing and more dispersed Latino populations come with important implications for U.S. politics.

  • While Democrats have typically enjoyed strong support among Latinos, there are signs some may be skewing Republican.
  • Counties with the highest Latino representation tend to be in the Southwest, but some of the fastest-growing Latino communities are in metro areas to the east.
A map of metro areas with the highest Latino or Hispanic population growth
Data: Brookings Institution; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

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