New Mexico has retained its place as the most Hispanic state in the union _ and Hispanics were responsible for most of the state's growth between 2000 and 2010.
U.S. Census figures released Tuesday show New Mexico grew by more than 240,000 people over the decade to 2 million, and 78 percent of that increase was among Hispanics.
Hispanics made up more than 42 percent of the state's population in 2000. That's now more than 46 percent.
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials executive director Arturo Vargas says California has the second highest rate of Hispanics, with 38 percent.
New Mexico is one of a handful of states in which the majority of the population belongs to minority groups.