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Here is an overview of the Hispanic population in the United States, via the Census Bureau.


The Office of Management and Budget describes Hispanic or Latino ethnicity as “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of be his race”.

Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.

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In 2018, the Census Bureau projected that by 2060, Hispanics would make up 27.5% of the total population, with 111 million Hispanic individuals residing in the United States.

In 2020, Hispanics made up 11% of the electorate, up from 8% in 2018 and 10% in 2016.

There are 62,080,044 Hispanics in the United States, or 18.7% of the population.

There are over one million Hispanic residents in ten US states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas.

An estimated 41,757,391 US residents, or 13.5% of the population, speak Spanish at home.

An estimated 23,484,777 Spanish speakers also speak English “very well”, according to the 2019 census. An additional 6,762,059 people reported speaking English “well”.

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Of the 62,080,044 Hispanics in the United States, here is a breakdown of how they define their race:

  • Another breed alone: ​​26,225,882
  • Two or more runs: 20,299,960
  • White alone: ​​12,579,626
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives alone: ​​1,475,436
  • Black or African American alone: ​​1,163,862
  • Asian alone: ​​267,330
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders alone: ​​67,948

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