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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.
According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.
That's the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition.
But how has the increase impacted Rhode Island? Where cities and towns in Rhode Island have seen the greatest increase in it's Hispanic population?
Turns out there's been a 43.6% increase in the Hispanic population in Rhode Island.
What's the city in Rhode Island with the largest hispanic/latino population? Central Falls took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Rhode Island for 2023.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Rhode Island ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Rhode Island With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2023
We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across Rhode Island.
That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2017-2021 American Community Survey data from the US Census.
Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:
- Hispanic or Latino
- White alone*
- Black or African American alone*
- American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
- Asian alone*
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
- Some other race alone*
- Two or more races*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 22,000 people. That left us with 8 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 71.5% to 6.0%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic or Latino population with a higher score being more Hispanic or Latino than a lower score. Central Falls took the distinction of being the most Hispanic or Latino, while Warwick was the least Hispanic or Latino city. You can download the data here.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Rhode Island ranked by population of Hispanic or Latino residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
Summary: Hispanic or Latino Populations Across Rhode Island
If you're looking for a breakdown of Latino populations across Rhode Island according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you're curious enough, here are the least Hispanic or Latino places in Rhode Island:
- East Providence
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Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Rhode Island