Hispanic population rises in South Mississippi

Enrique Vanegas moved to Biloxi from California in 2004 and since then he opened three businesses and found a good place to raise his family.

Vanegas owns El Rancho Mexican restaurants in Biloxi, D’Iberville and St. Martin and said he has seen the Hispanic population on the Coast increase over the past few years.

“I moved here because I had an opportunity to open a business,” he said. “This is a nice place to raise my kids.”

According to figures released today by the Census Bureau, the Hispanic population on the Coast has gone up 6 percent between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2012. Numbers of Hispanics have risen in each coastal county.

Sun Herald