Hispanic Heritage Month 2008: Hispanic Population - September 13, 2008
Hispanic Heritage Month 2008:
Sept. 15 – Oct. 15
In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the
week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15 -- Oct. 15). America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.
Hispanic Population 45.5 million
The estimated Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2007, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 15 percent of the nation's total population. In addition, there are approximately 3.9 million residents of Puerto Rico.
Sources: Population Estimates 1 and Population Estimates 2
. . . of every two people added to the nation's population between July 1,2006, and July 1, 2007, was Hispanic. There were 1.4 million Hispanics
added to the population during the period.
Source:Population Estimates 1
Percentage increase in the Hispanic population between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, making Hispanics the fastest-growing minority group.
Source:Population Estimates 1
The projected Hispanic population of the United States on July 1, 2050. According to this projection, Hispanics will constitute 30 percent of the nation's population by that date.
The nation's Hispanic population during the 1990 Census -- less than half the current total.
Source:The Hispanic Population: 2000
Ranking of the size of the U.S. Hispanic population worldwide, as of 2007. Only Mexico (108.7 million) had a larger Hispanic population than did the United States (45.5 million). (Spain had a population of 40.4 million.)
Sources:International Data Base 1; International Data Base 2 and Population Estimates
The percentage of Hispanic-origin people in the United States who are of Mexican background. Another 9 percent are of Puerto Rican background, with 3.4 percent Cuban, 3.1 percent Salvadoran and 2.8 percent Dominican. The remainder are of some other Central American, South American or other Hispanic or Latino origin.
Source:2006 American Community Survey
Median age of the Hispanic population in 2007. This compares with 36.6 years for the population as a whole.
Number of Hispanic males in 2007 per every 100 Hispanic females. This was in sharp contrast to the overall population, which had 97 males per every 100 females.
Source: HispanicBusiness.com (c) 2008.with U.S Census Data. All rights reserved.