Census: Mexican Population Up by 35 Percent in California

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LOS ANGELES  — California's Mexican population increased by 35 percent in the last decade to 11.4 million and accounts for 88 percent of the population growth in the state, according to newly released 2010 census figures. California's Latino/Hispanic population grew by 28 percent in the last decade.

However, according to Jeffrey Passel of the Pew Hispanic Center, the apparent increase in the Mexican population could be attributed to the way the questionnaire was written in the 2000 census, which tended to count the Hispanic population as one group and did not specify nation of origin.

About 82 percent of Latinos in California identified as Mexican in 2010, up from 77 percent in 2000.