HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
September 15 - October 15, 2017
 
Mes de la Herencia Hispana

2017 THEME

"Shaping the Bright Future of America"
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FUN FACTS


Population

57.5 million

The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2016. This makes Hispanic Americans the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 17.8 percent of the nation’s total population with a median age of 29.
Source: 2016 Population Estimates

1.13 million

Number of Hispanics added to the nation’s population between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016. This number exceeds half of the approximately 2.23 million people added to the nation’s total population during this period. This represents a 2% increase in the Hispanic Population.
Source: 2016 Population Estimates

63%

The percentage of Hispanic Americans who are of Mexican descent in 2015. 10% are of Puerto Rican background, 4% Cuban, 4% Salvadoran, 3% Dominican and 2% Guatemalan. The remaining 16% are from Central America, South America and other Hispanic origins.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey, Table B03001


States and Counties


10.88 million

The estimated population for those of Hispanic origin in Texas as of July 1, 2016.
Source: 2016 Population Estimates
State Characteristics: Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin


9

The number of states with a population of 1 million or more Hispanic residents in 2016 - Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas. Close behind are Georgia, North Carolina, Washington and Pennsylvania.
Source: 2016 Population Estimates
State Characteristics: Population by Race and Hispanic Origin


54%

The percentage of Hispanic Americans living in California, Florida and Texas as of July 1, 2016.
Source: 2016 Population Estimates
State Characteristics: Population by Race and Hispanic Origin


15.28 million

The Hispanic population of California. This is the largest Hispanic population of any state.
Source: 2016 Population Estimates

4.9 million

Los Angeles County had the largest Hispanic population of any county in 2016.
Source: 2016 Population Estimates for Los Angeles County

Spanish Language

40 million

The number of U.S. residents 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2015. Those who spoke Spanish at home constituted 13.3 percent of U.S. residents 5 and older. More than half (59 percent) of these Spanish speakers spoke English “very well.”
Source: 2016 Language Spoken at Home Survey

72.9%

Percentage of Hispanics 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2015.
Source: 2015 Language Spoken at Home among Hispanics


Higher Education


4.7 million

The number of Hispanics, 25 and older, who had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2015, representing 15% of the Hispanic American population.
Source: 2015 Education Survey

1.5 million

Number of Hispanics 25 and older with advanced degrees in 2015 (e.g., master’s, professional, doctorate).
Source: 2015 Education Survey

20.5%

The percentage of civilian employed Hispanics or Latinos 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations in 2015.
Source: 2015 Hispanic Population Profile

2

The number of Hispanic American Nobel Prize Winners. American laureates include Luis Alvarez (Physics) and Baruj Benacerraf (Physiology or Medicine).

Serving our Country

1.2 million

The number of Hispanics or Latinos 18 and older who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
Source: 2015 Hispanic Population Profile
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