Hispanics in the U.S. Fast Facts

EAST HAVEN, CT - FEBRUARY 01: An Ecuadorian laborer stands in the street on February 1, 2012 in East Haven, Connecticut. Following an investigation by the FBI, four East Haven police officers were arrested last week and accused of abusing Latinos in the working class community of 28,000 people which was nearly predominately white a generation ago. A recent civil rights investigation which was released last month revealed a pattern of discriminatory policing in East Haven and the town has been warned by the U.S. Justice Department to make reforms. The arrested officers have been accused of subjecting Hispanics to beatings and false arrests among other things. Currently East Haven's Latino population is around 10 percent. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Hispanic people are the largest minority in the United States. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.
    As of 2014, there are an estimated 55 million Hispanic people in the United States, comprising over 17% of the population.
    By 2060, the Census Bureau projects that Hispanic people will comprise over 28% of the total population with 119 million residing in the United States.
    Two-thirds of the Hispanic people in the United States are of Mexican background, according to 2014 Census estimates.
    California is the state with the largest Hispanic population by 2014 Census estimates -- 15 million, followed by Texas and Florida. All three of these states comprise more than half (55%) of the Hispanic population.
    These are the states where more than 30% of the population is Hispanic, based on 2014 Census estimates: Arizona, 30.3%; California, 38.6%; New Mexico, 47.3%; and Texas, 38.4.
    There are more than one million Hispanic residents in eight U.S. states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas.
    Second only to English, Spanish is the language most used in the United States, as of 2013. It is spoken by approximately 35.8 million Hispanic people in the country, plus an additional 2.6 million non-Hispanics.
    Of the English-speaking Hispanics in the United States, a majority, 59%, are bilingual as of 2013 estimates.
    How do Hispanic people define their race? (2010 Census)
    - White: 26,735,713 - 53% of the total
    - Some other race: 18,503,103 - 36.7% of the total
    - Two or more races: 3,042,592 - 6% of the total
    - Black: 1,243,471 - 2.5% of the total