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Wis. census: Hispanic population grows 74 percent


MILWAUKEE (WKOW/AP) -- The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Wisconsin's Hispanic population has grown by 74 percent since 2000.

There are 336,056 Hispanics in the state, an increase of 143,135 from a decade ago. The group's rate of growth is similar to other Midwestern states.

The census bureau released statewide data in December. Those numbers put the state population at 5.7 million residents, up from 5.4 million in 2000.

Previously available state figures show that the fastest-growing counties by percentage between 2000 and 2008 were St. Croix, Calumet and Juneau counties. Dane and Waukesha counties had the largest net growth.

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