How Many Are We?

By Isaac Cohen*

By Congressional mandate, from September 15 to October 15, is the National Hispanic Heritage Month and the US Census Bureau issues a set of figures on the Hispanic minority.
• As of July 1, 2016, the Hispanic population of the United States reached 57.5 million, equivalent to 17.8 percent of the total population.

• Out of the increase of 2.2 million persons in the US population, between 2015 and 2016, slightly more than half, 1.13 million were Hispanics.

• The increase of the Hispanic population, during the same period, was 2.0 percent, while the increase in the overall US population was 0.73 percent.

• The Census Bureau estimates that in 2060 the number of Hispanics in the United States will be 119 million, or 28.6 percent of the total population.

• Almost two thirds (63.4percent) of Hispanics in the United States in 2015 were of Mexican origin, followed by 9.5 percent Puerto Rican, 3.8 percent Salvadoran, 3.7 percent Cuban, 3.3 percent Dominican and 2.4 percent Guatemalan.

• By states, in 2016, there were 15.3 million Hispanics, out of a total of 39 million inhabitants of California, followed by Texas, where there were 10.9 million Hispanics in 2016, out of a total population of 27 million.

• California, Florida and Texas, as of July 2016, had the highest percentages of Hispanic population, amounting together to more than half, 54.4 percent of all Hispanics in the United States.

• With almost 5 million Hispanics, in 2016, Los Angeles County had the highest percentage of Hispanic population of any county in the United States.

*International analyst and consultant. Commentator on economic and financial issues for CNN en Español TV and radio, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO and other media. Former Director, UNECLAC Washington.

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA.Com (MLN). Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia (UDC). Email: [email protected]

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