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For National Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2012, here are some excellent stats from the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP).
Population: 52 million
The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2011, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 16.7% of the nation’s total population. In addition, there are 3.7 million residents of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
Source: 2011 Population Estimates
Projected Population: 132.8 million
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.
Source: Population Projections
Number of States with 1 Million Latinos or More: 8
The number of states that have a population of 1 million or more Hispanic residents — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas.
Source: 2011 Population Estimates State Characteristics
Number of States in which Hispanics Were Largest Minority Group: 25
These states were Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.
Source: American FactFinder
Number of Hispanic-Owned U.S. Businesses: 2.3 million
The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007, up 43.6 percent from 2002.
Source: Statistics for All U.S. Firms by Industry, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race for the U.S., States, Metro Areas, Counties, and Places: 2007
Number of Hispanic U.S. Family Households: 10.7 million
Percentage of Hispanic Married Couple Households: 63.1%
Percentage of Hispanic Married Couple Households with Children Under Age 18: 61.1%
Source: Families and Living Arrangements
Number of U.S. Residents Who Spoke Spanish at Home: 37 million
Those who hablan español constituted 12.8% of U.S. residents aged 5 and older. More than half of these Spanish speakers spoke English “very well.”
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
We at SaludToday hand-picked a few of the NiLP’s stats, but you can find a full list here.
A majority of the nation’s children will be minorities before the decade is out, a new Census analysis shows, the Washington Post reports.
Census data had incidctaed that most children will be minorities by 2023, but demographer William H. Frey said that landmark will be reached years earlier, as unexpectedly rapid growth among Hispanics and Asians is creating a demographic age gap already is visible in classrooms and playgrounds.
More from the news report:
Latinos already are the largest minority among schoolchildren nationwide. One in five students overall is Latino; among kindergarteners, it’s one in four. They lag behind other children in achievement, with half never finishing high school.
More needs to be done at an earlier age to help them bridge the gap, said Thelma Melndez de Santa Ana, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the Education Department.
“America’s future is tied to the success of Latino students,” she said.
Read more here.
Whites who dominated Texas’s population for generations are growing older and more dependent on the earning power and taxes of younger Hispanics, now poised to take over as the state’s largest demographic group, Bloomberg reports.
Of the 25 million people in Texas in the 2010 Census, 37.6% were Hispanic and 45.3% were whites.
Yet Hispanics disproportionately fill the ranks of younger Texans. Hispanics comprise 48.3% of Texans under age 18, up from 40.5% in 2000. The percentage of whites in the same age group fell to 33.8% from 42.6% in 2000, according to new Census data.
Here more from the Bloomberg report:
“All the institutions and services that affect children in Texas will need to really pay attention,” said demographer William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “These people may not yet vote but they will in the future. They’re going to be an important part of the electorate, and this will really put an exclamation point on that.”
The data confirm Hispanics are on pace to become the biggest ethnic group in the state by 2015, said Steve Murdock, a former U.S. Census director who teaches sociology at Rice University in Houston. A gap is forming, he said, between youthful Hispanics and aging non-Hispanic whites, known colloquially in Texas as “Anglos.”
Non-Hispanic whites now account for 68 percent of Texans 65 years and older, compared with Hispanics’ 20 percent share of that age segment, Murdock calculates.
“It’s a tipping point,” state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, told the New York Times, according to the Texas Tribune, San Antonio, now two-thirds Hispanic, “looks like what Texas is going to look like in 15 years.”