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.