The nation’s Hispanic population continues to disperse across the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center. (Getty Images)

Growing Latino population is dispersing, report shows

Although Latinos tend to live in certain parts of the country, they are continuously dispersing, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center.

More than ten years ago 79 percent of Latinos lived in eight states: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Arizona, New Jersey and Colorado.

Today, the number of Latinos in those states has gone down, representing only 75 percent of Hispanics in the nation, the report said.

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But the study also shows that despite the spread of Latinos throughout the U.S. in recent years, the majority of them continue to stick together.

“Los Angeles County alone contains 4.8 million Hispanics, or 9 percent of the nation’s Hispanic population,” the Pew Research Center said.

In the areas like Los Angeles County, with high concentrations of Latinos, the mix of Hispanic origin groups varies.

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Metro areas in the west coast and in border states usually tend to have higher concentration of Mexican-origin Hispanics. Overall, Mexicans are the largest Hispanic-origin group, making up 64.6 percent of all Hispanics.

But in the east coast, New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are the dominant Hispanic-origin groups.

In Miami, Cubans are the dominant Hispanic group, and in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Salvadorians make up the majority of the Hispanics.

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And over the last decade, some of the fastest growing Latino populations are in the southeastern United States, the report said.

That’s because the Latino populations are not only spreading– they are growing.

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