Hispanics reach 18.7% of the total of the United States

Hispanics reach 18.7% of the total of the United States

Hispanic children represent 25.7% of the US total.

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At the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, the community celebrated registers a constant population growth compared to a decade ago, for reach 18.7 percent of the total population of the United States.

In figures adjusted as of April 1, 2020 by the US Census Bureau. shows Hispanics grew 2.4 percent since 2010, when they covered 16.3% of the total population.

Hispanic majority in New Mexico and California

The Hispanic population constitutes the largest ethnic group in two states: New Mexico and California.

In New Mexico, Hispanics represent 47.7% of the state population, compared to 46.3% in 2010.

While in California, the Hispanic population increased from 37.6 to 39.4%, in that same period.

On 72 of the 254 counties in Texas, the population of Hispanic origin ranks as the majority racial group, when 10 years ago, Latinos were the majority in only 64 counties.

The number of Hispanic children grows

The Hispanic population will continue to grow in the coming years, as currently, 25.7 percent of children (considered under 18 years of age) in the United States are of Hispanic origin, versus 23.1% a decade ago.

Electoral power

38.8% of the total Hispanic population of voting age voted in the November 2020 elections.

53 years of celebrating Hispanic heritage

For 53 years, the United States has celebrated the heritage and cultural exchange of Americans with roots from Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean.

In 1968, Congress authorized then-President Lyndon B. Johnson to issue an annual proclamation called National Hispanic Heritage Week.

In 1989, legislators extended the duration of the celebration to one month, from September 15 to October 15 of each year.

September 15 was chosen, as it is a historically significant day, since it marks the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The designated period also includes recognition for Mexico and Chile, countries that celebrate their independence on September 16 and 18, respectively.

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