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Hispanic-Owned Businesses Rising in Texas

In September, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that the number of Hispanic-owned businesses in Texas rose by 40.1 percent between 2002 and 2007, to a total of 447,486. During the same period, their sales rose by nearly 47.2 percent, to $62.1 billion.

In the state’s 10 largest cities, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses rose at rates ranging from 22.6 percent in Houston to 51.8 percent in Arlington.

Hispanic-Owned Business in Texas’ 10 Largest Cities, 2002-2007

City Hispanic-owned
firms, 2007
Hispanic-owned
firms, 2002
Percent change,
2002 - 2007
Houston 51,207 41,753 22.6%
Dallas 18,144 13,673 32.7%
El Paso 31,640 23,849 32.7%
Corpus Christi 8,849 6,654 33.0%
Garland 3,979 2,855 39.4%
Plano 1,786 1,267 41.0%
San Antonio 43,081 29,654 45.3%
Austin 10,526 7,045 49.4%
Fort Worth 8,169 5,453 49.8%
Arlington 3,870 2,549 51.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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