Nineteen Sixty-four is a research blog for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University edited by Mark M. Gray. CARA is a non-profit research center that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. Founded in 1964, CARA has three major dimensions to its mission: to increase the Catholic Church's self understanding; to serve the applied research needs of Church decision-makers; and to advance scholarly research on religion, particularly Catholicism. Follow CARA on Twitter at: caracatholic.


Hispanic/Latino(a) Population by Diocese

Census 2010 has released the national data on race and ethnicity that will be used for the U.S. House of Representatives redistricting process. One of the results from these data that has drawn the most interest is the growth and distribution of the Hispanic/Latino(a) population, which now represent 16% of the U.S. population (up from 12.5% in 2000). The Census Bureau blog notes that "More than half of the growth in the total population of the United States between 2000 and 2010 was due to the increase in the Hispanic population."

As noted in a previous post, 63% of Hispanics self-identified their religion as Catholic in the United States in 2010. Thus, growth in these numbers often represents growth in membership for the Catholic Church.

CARA takes the Census numbers and analyzes these within diocesan boundaries. The map below, created by CARA Senior Research Associate Mary Gautier, shows the distribution of the Hispanic/Latino(a) population by diocese (click here or the map to enlarge). It is important to note that these data make no distinction regarding religion (this is not a Census question). In green dioceses 16% or more of the population identifies their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino(a). The dark green represents areas where this is a majority.

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