Census: SC Hispanic population up 148% in 10 years

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Hispanic population has more than doubled in the past decade.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday released its data from the 2010 census in South Carolina that shows more than 235,000 people identified themselves as Hispanic in the state in 2010, a 148 percent increase from 2000.

The data also shows 3 of the state's four fastest growing counties are near the coast. Beaufort, Dorchester, Horry and York counties all grew by more than 30 percent.

Twelve of the state's 46 counties lost population, centered in the rural textile regions south of Interstate 85 and also rural counties south and east of Columbia away from the coast.

The Census Bureau says South Carolina's population jumped more than 15 percent in the past decade to 4,625,364 people.

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