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Hispanic/Latino Demographics



The 2011 Official Catholic Directory lists the U.S. Catholic population at 68,293,869. Catholics represent 22.9% of the total population of the United States.

The Hispanic population in the United States as of July 1, 2011 is 52.0 million. Hispanics constituted 16.7% of the nation’s total population.

U.S. Hispanic population is the second size ranking worldwide, as of 2010. Only Mexico (112 million) had a larger Hispanic population than the United States (50.5), as of 2010.

States and Cities where Hispanic/Latino Live

Eight states had one million or more Hispanic residents in 2011: Arizona, California,  Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.

More than 50% of all the Hispanic population in 2011 lived in California, Florida and Texas as of July 1, 2011.

46.7% of New Mexico’s population was Hispanic in 2011, the highest of any state.

The Hispanic population of Los Angeles County, California, was the highest of any county: 4.7 million.

The amount of counties in which Hispanics doubled their population since 2000 was 1 in 4.

The twenty five states in which Hispanics were the largest minority groups are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.


2.3 million: The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007, up 43.6 percent  from 2002.

$350.7 billion: Receipts generated by Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007, up 58.0% from  2002.

23.7%: The percentage of businesses in New Mexico in 2007 that was Hispanic-owned, which led all states. Florida (22.4 percent) and Texas (20.7 percent) were runners-up.

Families and Children

10.7 million: The number of Hispanic family households in the United States in 2011.

63.1%: Hispanic family households that are married coupled households in 2011.

66.9%: Percentage of Hispanic children living with two parents in 2011.

43.6%:  Percentage of Hispanic married couples with children under 18 where both spouses were employed in 2011.

Spanish Language

37.0 million: The number of U.S. residents 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2010. More than half of these Spanish speakers spoke English “very well”.

17.3 million: The number of U.S. residents 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 1990.

75.1%: Percentage of Hispanics 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2010.


62.2%: Percentage of Hispanics 25 and older that had at least a high school  education in 2010.

13%: Percentage of Hispanic population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree  or higher in 2010.
3.6 million: Number of Hispanics 25 and older who had at  least a bachelor's degree in 2010.

1.1 million: Number of Hispanics 25 and older with  advanced degrees in 2010 (e.g., master's, professional, doctorate).

More than 2 million Hispanics  ages 18-24 were enrolled in college in 2011. Representing 16.5% of all college  students in that group.

1 in 4 students enrolled in  two-year College last year was Hispanic, and nearly one fourth of Pre-K through 12th grade students last year were Hispanic.


47.1%: Percent of the foreign-born population that was Hispanic in 2009.


67.8%: Percentage of Hispanic/Latino 16 and older who were in the civilian labor force in 2010.



  1. The Official Catholic Directory Anno Domini 2011, Kennedy Directory, P.J. Kennedy  & Sons.
  2. International Data Base – Census Bureau.
  3. U.S. Census Bureau News: Profile America FACTS for Features, CB12-FF, 19, Aug. 6, 2012.
  4. Educational Attainment in the United States: 2010.
  5. U.S. Census Bureau: American Fact Finder.
  6. Pew Research Center.

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