Hispanics in the U.S. Fast Facts

Here's a look at the Hispanic population in the United States.

2012 -
There are 53 million Hispanic people in the United States.

Hispanic people comprise 17% of the total U.S. population.

Hispanic people are the largest minority in the United States; only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States.

The Census describes Hispanic or Latino ethnicity as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race."

By 2060, the Census Bureau estimates that there will be almost 128.8 million Hispanic people in the United States and that they will comprise 31% of the total population.

Two-thirds of Hispanic people in the United States have Mexican origins.

There are more than one million Hispanic residents in eight U.S. states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there were 24 million Hispanic people eligible to vote in the 2012 elections, a 22% increase since 2008.

The Hispanic population grew from 35.3 million in 2000 to 53 million in 2012.

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

In 2011, 37.6 million U.S. residents, or 12.9% of the population, spoke Spanish at home.

In 2011 California had a larger Hispanic population than any other state, 14.5 million Hispanic residents.

In 2012, New Mexico had the highest percentage of Hispanic people as part of the total population, 47%.