First Drip (7/9/14): Hispanic population in Charlotte continues to grow, more

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The growth of the Hispanic population in Charlotte continues to far outpace that of the white and black populations, new Census data shows. "From 2010 to 2013, Mecklenburg’s Hispanic population increased 10.9 percent to nearly 125,000 residents. Its white population, meanwhile, increased 5.4 percent to about 591,000. The county has nearly 1 million residents."

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