Nebraska's Latino Population Could Triple By 2050

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Two Hispanic girls look at a reflection of a patriotic mural in Fremont, Neb., Wednesday, July 21, 2010. The two lawsuits filed Wednesday against the city of Fremont for its ban on renting to, and hiring illegal immigrants, worried some in the community that it would only worsen tensions over the new ordinance. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund, also known as MALDEF, filed lawsuits against Fremont, saying the voter-approved ordinance am | AP/File

Nebraska’s Hispanic/Latino population is exploding. A report released last week by the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) predicts the number of Hispanic/Latinos in the state will more than triple by the year 2050.

In the 2010 census, there were 167,405 Nebraskans who self-reported as Hispanic. The UNO CPAR looked ahead to the year 2050 and predicts there will be 538,941 Hispanics. Hispanics will account for 24 percent of Nebraska’s population, compared to 9 percent in 2010.

“It means that Hispanics and Latinos are the main engine of population growth not only in the country and in the state,” said Lissette Aliaga-Linares, a research associate in the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies.

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