March 13, 2014
A University Of Virginia study finds that Virginia's Hispanic population tripled between 1990 and 2006.
The study says the Hispanic population makes up six percent of the state as a whole and 13 percent of the population of the city of Harrisonburg.
Data come from census bureau surveys were analyzed by UVA's Weldon Cooper Center For Public Service. Qian Cai, who put the study together, says she's not certain what this means for future growth.
"It's hard to predict how far it's going to grow, and whether it's going to double or triple, or in how many years because it has a lot to do with the Department of Policy and Immigration. It also has to do with the local economy," says Cai.
The study also says both Harrisonburg's and Virginia's Hispanic populations are lower than the nation's average of 15 percent.