Howard Magazine - Page 43 - Diversity By The Numbers (4)

Howard Magazine
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Diversity By The Numbers (4)

Growth driven by immigration


Howard’s population growth in the 2000s was spurred in large part by international migration. Between 2010 and 2017, Howard gained nearly 12,000 residents coming from other parts of the world, accounting for over a third of its population increase.


The county is Maryland’s fifth-most-popular destination for recent immigrants after Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Baltimore county and city, according to Census Bureau statistics spanning the 2013- 17 period. A quarter of residents speak a language other than English at home.


Hispanic and Latino immigrants make up around 50 percent to 60 percent of clients for the Columbia-based nonprofit FIRN (Foreign-born Information and Referral Network), despite Howard’s relatively low proportion of Hispanic and Latino residents; as of 2017, they made up 6.8 percent of the county’s population, compared to 10 percent in the state and 18 percent nationwide.


But that population is quickly growing. During the 2017-2018 school year, Hispanic and Latino children made up 10.7 percent of the student population of Howard County’s public