, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau confirms
's rising prominence as one of America's fastest growing big cities, fueled by explosive growth in the Hispanic population and a growing job base in 21st century industries.
While many large cities in the Northeast and other parts of America continued to lose population,
grew to 1.32 million residents, likely retaining its position as the nation's seventh-largest city.
The latest Census numbers, released Thursday, showed that
's Hispanic population now makes up more than 63 percent of the city's total population.
is a look at America's tomorrow," Mayor
said. "As a diverse, economically vibrant city,
and cities like it represent the new face of the American Dream."
Demographic trends suggest that the population of
will look increasingly like
's by the end of this decade. And by mid-century, the entire U.S. population is projected to look more like cities like
as three out of every 10 Americans are expected to be persons of Latino ancestry.
"America needs to look no further than
for a window on the future entrepreneur, the future voter and the future consumer," Mayor Castro said.
With nearly 110,000 students in the higher education pipeline,
has more college-going students on a city-to-city basis than comparable cities like
San Jose, Calif.
The city is also home to some of the biggest employers in cutting-edge research and technology sectors in the world.