September 27, 2012

Almost Half of U.S. Hispanic Population Lives in 10 Metropolitan Areas

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Nearly half (45%) of the nation’s Hispanic population lives in just 10 metropolitan areas.

Nearly half (45%) of the nation’s Hispanic population lives in just 10 metropolitan areas, according to tabulations of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.2

The Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif., metropolitan area has the nation’s largest Hispanic population — 5.7 million — and alone accounts for more than one-in-ten (11%) Hispanics nationally. The New York-Northeastern New Jersey metropolitan area is the second largest by Hispanic population (4.2 million) and is home to 8% of Hispanics nationwide.

Six of the 10 largest Hispanic metropolitan populations are in just two states. California has three — Los Angeles (#1), Riverside-San Bernardino (#4) and San Francisco-Oakland-Vallejo (#10). Texas is also home to three of the 10 largest Hispanic metropolitan areas — Houston-Brazoria (#3), Dallas-Fort Worth (#6) and San Antonio (#9). The other four largest Hispanic metropolitan populations are New York (#2); Chicago, Ill. (#5); Miami-Hialeah, Fla. (#7); and Phoenix, Ariz. (#8). Overall, each of the 10 largest Hispanic metropolitan areas has a Hispanic population of more than 1 million and Hispanics are the largest minority or ethnic group in each. Read More