February 26, 2014

The U.S. Hispanic population has increased sixfold since 1970

53,027,708

The U.S. Hispanic population in 2012 was 53,027,708, nearly six times the population in 1970.

The Hispanic population grew to 53 million in 2012, a 50% increase since 2000 and nearly six times the population in 1970, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data. Meanwhile, the overall U.S. population increased by only 12% from 2000 to 2012. Hispanic population growth accounted for more than half of the country’s growth in this time period.

U.S. Hispanic Population in 2012Much of the growth is occurring in a relatively small geographic area. A Pew Research Center analysis last year found that the 10 largest counties by Hispanic population accounted for 22% of the national Hispanic population growth between 2000 and 2011. Half of these counties are located in California.

Nationally, Mexicans are the largest Hispanic origin group but the composition of origin groups varies by geographic area. For example, while Mexicans represent a majority of Hispanics in all but 11 states, Puerto Ricans are the largest group in New York and New Jersey and Cubans are most populous in Florida.

The demographics of each origin group vary significantly. For example, Hispanics of Mexican origin are the youngest out of the 14 largest origin groups, with a median age of 25, compared with Cubans’  median age of 40. Venezuelans are the most likely to have a college degree (51%), compared with 7% of both Guatemalans and Salvadorans.

Category: Daily Number

Topics: Hispanic/Latino Demographics

  1. is a Research Assistant with the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project and Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project.

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9 Comments

  1. MARIO MOLINA3 months ago

    exelentes datos y estudios radicalizados me gustaría formar parte de sus consultorias estoy a la orden en Honduras para cualquier dato o ampliacion en temas de importancia para centro americana que tenga impacto en los estados unidos.

    a la orden.

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  2. Cynthia Curran5 months ago

    Well, in Texas major counties they are the largest school age group. You only mention California but in Harris, Dallas and Bextar, they are a large group as well. Harris is the 3rd largest county in the Us, more Mexicans in Harris than either Orange and San Diego Counties in California.

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  3. andavid20075 months ago

    I went to Kings Park in Long Island today for BBQ and quite surprised of how many Hispanic down there. Probably 80% among all the people in the park. A lot of kids. I was wondering what’s going on, prompting me to Google Hispanic population in US. With such a trend, US will soon follow China and India but China has effectively implemented “one couple, one kid” to curb its exponential growth of population. This cannot be sustanable for all
    mankind on earth because of limited resource.

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  4. Al t5 months ago

    This is insane. There was no shortage of people in the u.s. before 1970 and there certainly isn’t now. We are building in a permanent under class of unskilled, uneducated people with huge families and tremendous social needs. The future will be in a lower, sustainable population or a race to catch china and India, the only more populous countries on earth. Does anyone want to look like either of those? Help those of us who are enlightened, what does this crazy population growth do for: global warming, resource use, school crowding, open space, the environment, or any of the host of problems we face?

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    1. Adam3 months ago

      It apparent that you don’t know very many Hispanics and you probably get your information from rightwing sources like Fox News. There are more educated and skilled Hispanics in this country than you think. I live in Colorado and own a small business. The majority of my clients are educated, skilled and professional Hispanics. Hispanics are contributing to this country and I welcome their contributions.

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  5. Alejandro Becerra7 months ago

    Excellent article. Keep up the great work. Pew is deservedly acquiring a super reputation.

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  6. Ed Sacks8 months ago

    Great article loaded with interesting stats and clear enough to draw conclusions.

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  7. Alejandro Buendia8 months ago

    Hispanics are about family –the more the merrier. A family with single children is a rare thing to see. It is estimated by demographic experts that in order to keep a sustainable growth in population in our current era, each family must have at least 2 offspring’s. In the Hispanic Community, this is very common and most times exceeds the metric (To be discussed in another Blog). America is greatly benefited by this hard working, jaunty, entrepreneurial community that is adopting America, better yet the American Dream as its own. Companies that do not strive to go after this community, will kick themselves for missing out on this grand opportunity!

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    1. legal immigrant5 months ago

      I’m not sure if my other comment is getting published, not pro-“undocumented” immigrant enough, but to the previous poster’s comment “Hispanics are about family –the more the merrier. ” Does that only apply to hispanics, or will you be unselfish enought to support/promote immigrants from non-hispanic countries, who generally are lot poorer and disadvantaged, to also flow into this country at similar levels that hispanics have been allowed? The more the merrier right?

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