The strength of the Hispanic population can be felt everywhere these days. From the box office to the polls, the Latino community has demonstrated its power in the United States, and it doesn’t intend to stop growing.
The HuffingtonPost.com has gathered data on Latinos — figures which they report can numerically vouch for the potential and persistent growth of Hispanics in the U.S.
At 53 million strong, Hispanics represent great potential in both politically and economically. The population has found strength in numbers, which represents a diverse group of people with backgrounds that encompass over two dozen nationalities.
Here are some of the interesting facts and figures on the nation’s Hispanics.
- 53 Million –The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2012, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 17 percent of the nation’s total population.
- 128.8 Million — The projected Hispanic population of the United States in 2060. According to this projection, the Hispanic population will constitute 31 percent of the nation’s population by that date.
- 2nd — Ranking of the size of the U.S. Hispanic population worldwide, as of 2010. Only Mexico (112 million) had a larger Hispanic population than the United States (50.5 million).
- 65% — The percentage of Hispanic-origin people in the United States who were of Mexican background in 2011. Another 9.4 percent were of Puerto Rican background, 3.8 percent Salvadoran, 3.6 percent Cuban, 3.0 percent Dominican and 2.3 percent Guatemalan.
- Florida — The state with the highest median age, 34, within the Hispanic population.
- 11.6 Million — The number of Hispanic family households in the United States in 2012.
- 63.2% — The percentage of Hispanics age 25 year and over that had completed high school in 2011.