Juvenal Saldivar came to Tulsa from California in 1997 as his family --
which had been spread out in various states -- regrouped to make Tulsa their
Saldivar later opened up a business which saw success, so he opened another. And another.
El Bazaar, a mall that houses 48 spaces for rent so others can also start their own businesses, opened in April in the heart of Tulsa's Hispanic community at 21st Street and Garnett Road.
"It's not just one person starting a business," Saldivar said about opening the mall and the new business owners. "It's a group of community leaders. (Most of the new shop owners) wouldn't be able to do it. This opens a window for them."
Saldivar and those community leaders and business owners are part of a steady increase in Tulsa's Hispanic population, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday.
The Hispanic population grew at a steady pace in Oklahoma for the second consecutive year, while Hispanic growth in Tulsa County showed signs of resurgence, according to the Census data.
Meanwhile, other Census data indicates that the state's Asian population, while smaller in numbers, followed a nationwide trend by growing at a faster pace than Hispanics and other major races and ethnic groups.
The state Asian population grew 3.9 percent to 70,069 people from 2011 to 2012, according to Census Bureau estimates.
Nationwide, the Asian population was the fastest growing race or ethnic group, rising 2.9 percent from the preceding year.
The Census Bureau released the figures as part of the annual population estimates by race, Hispanic origin, age and sex. The figures examine population change at the national, state and county level between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012.
The estimates depict the Hispanic population in the state continuing to increase for the second consecutive year by 3.3 percent. Some 11,392 Hispanics were added to the state population during the year ending July 1, 2012.
In Tulsa County, the Hispanic population was 70,124, which was an increase of 1,329 people, or 1.9 percent, up from the 1.7 percent annual increase the prior year.
As with the national trend, the Asian population in the state and Tulsa County grew at a faster rate than other major races and ethnic groups.
In Oklahoma, the Asian population increased 3.9 percent to 70,069 people.
Among other races and ethnic groups, only the Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders -- which comprise less than 1 percent of the state population -- grew at a faster rate, or 7.8 percent
In Tulsa County, the Asian population grew by 4.5 percent during the past year to 15,183 people.
White, non-Hispanics continue to be the majority race or ethnic group in the state, numbering 2,588,845, or 67.9 percent of the total population.
The state, white, non-Hispanic population grew by 0.2 percent from 2011 to 2012.
In Tulsa County, the non-Hispanic white population increased by 0.5 percent to 396,480 people. Non-Hispanic whites comprise 64.6 percent of the Tulsa County population.
Statewide as well as in Tulsa County, Hispanics continue to be second-largest race or ethnic group. Hispanics make up 9.3 percent of the statewide population and 11.4 percent of the population in Tulsa County.
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