Hispanics made up more than half of America's population growth in the last decade, according to the U.S. 2010 Census.
Census officials said that the group's numbers have swelled to 50.5 million, which translates into one out of every six Americans.
"People of Hispanic origin now clearly represent the second largest group in the country, with 16 percent of the total U.S. population," said Nicholas Jones, director of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Jeff Passal, a senior demographer with the Pew Hispanic Center, talked more about the Census Bureau's findings on the CBN News Channels' Morning News, March 25.
Census officials also announced Thursday that the center of the U.S. population is now the tiny town of Plato in Texas County, Mo., home to 109 people. The small community is located about 30 miles southwest of Edgar Springs, which was the population center in 2000.
The new data demonstrates how the Sunbelt continues to grow more rapidly than the old population centers of the country in the Northeast.
"It is putting a spotlight on a corner of the world that doesn't get much attention," Brad Gentry, publisher of the weekly Houston Herald, told the Associated Press. "Most residents are proud of our region and like the idea that others will learn our story through this recognition."