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Characteristics of the U.S. Hispanic population: 2015
There were 56.5 million Hispanics in the United States in 2015, comprising 17.6% of the total U.S. population. In 1980, with a population of 14.8 million, Hispanics made up just 6.5% of the total U.S. population. Click on the expand buttons below the summary tables to see detailed tables for each.
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Population/Hispanic Origin/Nativity/Language Use/Race
|Speaking English at least very well (ages 5 and older)||69.0%|
|Median age (in years)||28|
|Married (ages 18 and older)||45.8%|
|Women ages 15-44 giving birth in past year||6.7%|
Educational Attainment and Enrollment (highest degree completed, ages 25 and older)
|High school graduate or less||61.4%|
|Two-year degree/Some college||23.6%|
|Bachelor’s degree or more||15.0%|
Work/Earnings/Income (ages 16 and older)
|In labor force (among civilian population)||67.0%|
|Median annual personal earnings (in 2015 dollars, among those with earnings)||$24,000|
|Median annual household income (in 2015 dollars)||$44,800|
Poverty/Government Assistance/Health Care
|Living in poverty||21.9%|
Homeownership and Household Characteristics
|In family households||90.6%|
Region and Top Five States of Residence
Source: Pew Research Center tabulations of 2015 American Community Survey (1% IPUMS)
“Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2015”