Partial Census release indicates Hispanic population is larger than predicted

The number of Hispanics counted in the 2010 Census has been larger than expected in most of the 33 states for which the Census Bureau has released detailed population totals so far, according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Overall, the 33 states’ combined Census 2010 total of 38.7 million Hispanics was higher by 590,000 people, or 1.5 percent, than the bureau’s previous estimates for those states.

The gap between the latest Census estimate and the official count is generally largest in states with relatively small Hispanic populations, Pew said–including Connecticut. The Census counted about 479,000 Hispanic residents in the state, some 33,000–or 7.5 percent–more than estimated.