There are 41.8 million Hispanics in America, representing 14.2 percent of the U.S. population, with estimates for growth to nearly 20 percent by the year 2050.
Hispanics encompass more than 20 nationalities:
- Mexican (64 percent)
- Puerto Rican (9.6 percent)
- Central American (7.2 percent)
- South American (5.5 percent)
- Cuban (3.6 percent)
- Dominican (2.6 percent)
- Other (6.7 percent)
Eighty percent of Hispanics are concentrated in 9 states: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Arizona, New Jersey, Colorado and New Mexico.
States experiencing a 100 percent growth rate in Hispanic population in the last decade:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
According to the U.S. census, 22 percent of Hispanics are living in poverty, nearly double the national average of 12.6 percent.
More than three-fourths of Hispanics speak a language other than English at home.
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