Census: More Hispanics on college campuses

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COLLEGE ENROLLMENT In just one year the number of Hispanics ages 18 to 24 on America's college campuses grew by nearly a quarter, while the number of white students declined, highlighting an rapid demographic transition in higher education.

The 24 percent increase, about 350,000 additional young Hispanics in college in 2010 compared with the year before, was reported Thursday in a study of census data by the Pew Hispanic Center. It's substantially higher than the 7 percent increase in the overall population of Hispanics that age. More Hispanics are completing high school; but there also are fewer jobs available for high school graduates.

The number of college-age blacks enrolled increased, but not as rapidly. For the first time there are more Hispanics age 18 to 24 on campus than blacks.

DIVORCE RATES Men and women in the South have higher rates of divorce than any other region, while those in the Northeast have the lowest, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report Thursday.

In the South, per 1,000 men or women, divorce rates were 10.2 and 11.1 percent. Northeastern men and women had divorce rates at 7.2 and 7.5 percent.

The national divorce rate was 9.2 for men and 9.7 for women.

-- Combined news services

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