Census numbers to show huge Hispanic growth

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Census numbers set for release Thursday afternoon are expected to show huge growth in the Hispanic population in Texas.

Estimates already indicate that more than 80% of the growth in Texas from 2000 to 2009 came from minority populations, and the percentage of Anglos dropped to 46% of the total in 2009. Latinos accounted for about two-thirds of the growth during the period, according to the estimates. On Thursday, Texans will find out the exact count down to the block level, officials say.

The detailed demographic data will be used to redraw boundaries for Congress and the Legislature. Texas is getting four new Congressional seats, more than any other state, and Hispanic leaders say more Latino-dominated seats should be drawn.