Who Is A Hispanic?

Hispanic refers to an individual of Caribbean or Latin American or other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino culture or origin, and is an ethnic category instead than a racial group. People of Hispanic origin therefore could be of any race, and since their cultures varies with the country of origin, the Spanish language is the uniting or common factor.

From the U.S. Census Bureau


56.6 million
The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2015, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 17.6 percent of the nation's total population.

1.2 million
The number of Hispanics added to the nation's population between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015. This number is nearly half of the approximately 2.5 million people added to the nation's total population during this period.

The percentage increase in the Hispanic population between 2014 and 2015.

119 million
The projected Hispanic population of the United States in 2060. According to this projection, the Hispanic population will constitute 28.6 percent of the nation's population by that date.

The percentage of those of Hispanic or Latino origin in the United States who were of Mexican origin in 2014. Another 9.5 percent were Puerto Rican? 3.7 percent Cuban, 3.8 percent Salvadoran, 3.2 percent Dominican and 2.4 percent Guatemalan. The remainder was of some other Central American, South American or other Hispanic or Latino origin.

Families and Children

16.2 million
The number of Hispanic households in the United States in 2015.

The percentage of Hispanic households that were married-couple households in 2015. Among all households in the United States, 48.2 percent were married-couple households.

The percentage of Hispanic married-couple households that had children younger than age 18 present in 2015, whereas for all married-couple households it was 64.3 percent.

The percentage of Hispanic parent/child family groups that included two parents in 2015, whereas for all parent/child family groups, it was 69.5 percent.

The percentage of Hispanic married couples with children under age 18 where both spouses were employed in 2014, whereas nationwide it was 59.7 percent.


The percentage of voters in the 2012 presidential election who were Hispanic. Hispanics comprised 4.7 percent of voters in 1996.


Serving Our Country

1.2 million
The number of Hispanics or Latinos age 18 and older who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

States and Counties

10.7 million
The estimated population for those of Hispanic origin in Texas as of July 1, 2015.

The number of states with a population of 1 million or more Hispanic residents in 2015 ? Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas.

The percentage of the Hispanic population in the United States that lived in California, Florida and Texas as of July 1, 2015.

15.2 million
The Hispanic population of California. This is the largest Hispanic population of any state.

4.9 million
Los Angeles County had the largest Hispanic population of any county in 2015.

Harris County in Texas had the largest numeric increase of Hispanics from 2014 to 2015.


Spanish Language

39.3 million
The number of U.S. residents age 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2014. This is a 126.3 percent increase since 1990 when it was 17.3 million. Those who hablan español en casa constituted 13.1 percent of U.S. residents age 5 and older. More than half (58 percent of all Spanish speakers and 57 percent of Hispanic Spanish speakers) spoke English "very well."

The percentage of Hispanics age 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2014.

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

The median income of Hispanic households in 2014.

The poverty rate among Hispanics in 2014.

The percentage of Hispanics who lacked health insurance in 2014.



3.3 million
Estimated number of Hispanic-owned firms nationally in 2012, up from 2.3 million or 46.3 percent from 2007.


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