Carolinas lead the nation in Hispanic growth

The Carolinas' Latino populations continue to rank among the country's fastest-growing, despite a slowing economy and a tougher crackdown on illegal immigrants.

New Census data show South Carolina's Latino population ranked first among states in per capita growth from 2006 to 2007. North Carolina was third, with Tennessee between them.

The Charlotte region continues to fuel the increase, with more than 16,000 new Latino residents arriving in the area.

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