As a whole, Latin America enjoyed solid economic growth in the first decade of this century, with a fall in poverty, a decrease in income inequality and a rise of its middle class.
Hispanic growth in the U.S. has slowed in recent years, and the trend continued in 2014, as evidenced by new figures released this week by the Census Bureau.
While laws allowing same-sex marriage have become more common in European countries and in U.S. states, gay marriage advocates also have gained ground in some parts of Latin America. Most recently, the Mexican Supreme Court issued a ruling making it much easier for gay and lesbian couples to wed.
There were 54 million Hispanics in the United States in 2013, comprising 17.1% 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.
For the first time on record, more non-Mexicans than Mexicans were apprehended at U.S. borders in 2014 by the Customs and Border Patrol.
Majorities of both groups self-identify as Catholic, but the percentage of Catholics is 20 percentage points higher among Mexicans (81%) than among Mexican Americans (61%).
See how the unauthorized immigrant population varies state-by-state, how it has changed since 2009 and which states have the highest and lowest shares of unauthorized immigrants with our interactive maps.
Since the Great Recession ended, the population of unauthorized immigrants has risen in seven states and fallen in 14.
Mexican President Peña Nieto's positive image is faltering amid decidedly unpopular economic reforms. Six-in-ten Mexicans are dissatisfied with their country’s economy and most remain unhappy with the direction of their country.
New data shows that thousands of unaccompanied Mexican children caught at the border have crossed into the U.S. multiple times.