MIAMI (CBS4) – A diverse group of Hispanics now account for about a quarter of Florida’s nearly 19 million year round residents.

According to U.S. Census numbers released on Thursday, Central and South American populations in the state grew by more than a half million people. Cubans and Puerto Ricans grew in almost equal numbers. Cubans added about 380,000 new residents, while Puerto Ricans grew by more than 365,000 new residents.

Census data also shows that Floridians have gotten older in the past decade.

The median age is 40.7, compared to 38.7 a decade ago.

More unrelated Floridians are living together and the percentage of households with married couples declined in the past decade.

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Comments (7)
  1. Keith says:

    20% are children living on the dole.

  2. Mike says:

    I don’t mind Hispanics and I have a lot of Hispanic friends. What I don’t like is when they refuse to learn English and throw their language in your face. I also hate that “Cuban Macho” attitude or whatever chip on their shoulders it is. Many of them also need to smile more and not be as rude. Lastly, there is more than family. There is something called “friends” and it’s nice to have a lot of friends.

    1. Me says:

      I agree with the language thing. I can’t find a job because I don’t speak Spanish. The population is skyrocketing because each spanish woman averages 10 kids by the age of 28.

    2. Maryanne says:

      Some of them also need to learn to respect other who also speak another foreign language. I have seen some women who were speaking Sapnish give people who were speaking French dirty looks. One day my daughter and I were sitting at Starbuck’s and had 2 women behind us speaking Spanish. We didn’t care that they were speaking Spanish but they did not like it that we were speaking and eastern European language. When they were leaving one actually came up to us and told us we were rude. I just looked at her and told her I was only doing what she was doing … speaking my first language. She walked away angry. It seems that people speaking other foreign languages really bothers some Hispanics but yet I have never even got a dirty look from people who were speaking Creole,

    3. Kay says:

      I absolutely agree with you Mike. I think it’s unacceptable for anyone whether hispanic or from any other race group to come to a country and not learn the language. It upsets me highly when I meet people that have been living in this country for 20+ years and they don’t even know the basic means of communication. It’s great to live in such a diverse community but we live in the USA and therefore everyone should be able to speak english.

  3. abe says:

    the constitution doesn’t say anything about english being the official language.

  4. Isis says:

    for how long will civilization (or lack thereof) be so mean to each other even when they are members of the dominant cultural group speaking English, and complain about hearing Spanish spoken around them?! I came from Cuba in 1960, a shy young girl and was mocked in classrooms when trying to speak English! To this day I get nervous when delivering a speech in English. I can deliver the speech in Spanish and French, but yet get nervous when speaking English fifty plus years later!

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