The Census Bureau defines a person of Hispanic or Latino origin as a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. People of Hispanic origin were identified by a question that asked for self-identification of the persons' origin or descent. Respondents were asked to select their origin (and the origin of other household members) from a flash card listing ethnic origins. People of Hispanic origin, in particular, were those who indicated that their origin was Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or some other Hispanic origin. It should be noted that people of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
In 2000, 95,076 Hispanic residents were counted in the state of South Carolina. Looking at the Hispanic population in South Carolina by specific origin:
A comparison of 1990 and 2000 Census data shows that the Hispanic population in South Carolina has more than tripled in the past ten years.
Change in Hispanic Population 1990 - 2000
|1990||2000||Percent Change, 1990-2000|
|Hispanic Population||Percent of Total Population||Hispanic Population||Percent of Total Population|
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000. SF1, Tables P4 and PCT11.
U.S. Census Bureau, Census 1990. SF1, Table P008.
When responding to the question on race, 45.5 percent of Hispanics in South Carolina reported only White, while 38.6 percent reported Some Other Race alone.
Hispanic Population by Race (%)
|White Alone||African-American Alone||American Indian/Alaska Native Alone||Asian Alone||Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Alone||Some Other Race Alone||Two or More Races|
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000. SF1, Table P8.