Hispanic Birth Rates Decline Nationally, But Not Locally


POSTED: Friday, November 2, 2012 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 5:22pm

While it may be surprising to many, Hispanic birth rates have dropped 6% from last year in the United States.

However, that is not the case here in the Rio Grande Valley.

Doctor Emil Milano is a neonatal specialist at DHR in Edinburg. Milano says, "Here in this hospital there has been an increase in birth rates since it opened more than 5 years ago, by 25-30%. "

Statistics show Hispanic birth rates in the valley have not decreased, instead they are on the rise.

Just to get a statistics perspective from Hidalgo County, the number of births there for 2012 hit 16,530.

The birth rate declines among minority groups also include the African American group, which declined 2%.

Meantime, it stayed the same for Whites sand actually rose a bit for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.


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