Hispanic Statistics in the United States

Craig Van Korlaar —  December 20, 2012

Earlier this fall we celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month (mid-Sept through mid-Oct). How familiar are you with the hispanic cultures and traditions of the U.S. residents whose heritage came from Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean? How well, if at all, does your church understand hispanic culture? The Hispanic population may not be a minority for much longer, and it is vital that your church understand their culture if you ever want to reach them.

In honor of the hispanic community, we have collected the following general hispanic statistics.

  • 52.0 Million – The estimated Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2011, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 16.7 percent of the nation’s total population. (Census.gov)
  • 132.8 Million – The projected Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2050. According to this projection, Hispanics will constitute 24 percent of the nation’s total population on that date. (Census.gov)
  • More than 1 of every two people added to the nation’s population between July 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011, were Hispanic (1.3M of 2.3 M total) (Census.gov)
  • 27 – Median age, in years, of the Hispanic population in 2010, compared with 32 for blacks, 34 for Asians and 42 for whites. (PEW)
  • 5 states with the highest percentage of hispanics – CA (27.8%), TX (18.8%), FL (8.4), New York (6.8%), Illinois (4.0%). (PEW)
  • 8 – The number of states with at least 1 million Hispanic residents. These states are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas. (Census.gov
  • 2.3 Million – The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in 2010. (Census.gov)
  • 66% - The percentage of Hispanic families consisting of a married couple. (Census.gov)
  • 41% -  The percentage of Hispanic families consisting of a married couple with children under the age of 18. (Census.gov)
  • 25% – Percentage of population under age 5 that is Hispanic, as of 2008. (Census.gov)
  • $38,624 - The median income of Hispanic households in 2011 (Census.gov), a real income  a decline of 4.1 percent from 2009 to 2012. (Washington Post)
  • 26.7% – The poverty rate among Hispanics in 2011, a 4.9% increase since 2005. (Pew)
  • 14.1% – Percentage of hispanics with a bachelor’s degree or higher (Census.gov)
  • 71% – Percentage of hispanics age 25 and older who have at least a high school education (compared with 88% for blacks and 94% for whites) (IES)

FAITH AND HISPANICS

The Barna Group recently launched Barna:Hispanics, an entire section of it’s website dedicated to research specific to the hispanic community. In addition to their great (paid) reports, they have also released several free infographics.

Hispanics & Faith 2012 (a series of 20 infographics)


I Am an Hispanic American

Updated from a previous post

Craig Van Korlaar

Posts

Craig is founder of TopNonprofits.com, a curation of best practices from the world's leading nonprofits. His skills were honed as a decorated sergeant and enlisted aerial navigator for the U.S. Marine Corps and nurtured through his work at public schools, the YMCA, and Food for the Hungry. Most recently, Craig has served as operations director at Phoenix's New City Church, co-founder of SoChurch communications software, and a key player in laying the groundwork for OpenChurch.com. Craig spent much of his formative years as a missionary's kid in Kenya and civil war-torn Zaire.

One response to Hispanic Statistics in the United States

  1. Great stats. The only thing I would add (and I say this as a Pastor of a church that is over 80% Hispanic and as someone of Cuban descent) is that reaching Hispanics in Miami is different than reaching Hispanics in the Northeast per se. The reason is, in the North East (Which is where I was born and raised) Hispanics tend to blend into American culture by learning English quickly, adopting American customs, and even changing their names to their American version (Jose becomes Joe, Guillermo becomes William, Santiago becomes James, etc…) This is because the Hispanic population is not the majority and the need to assimilate is of great importance.

    In an area where hispanics are much more saturated in the culture (like Miami, L.A., or New York), hispanics tend to hold onto their roots more deeply, keep their given names, and see learning English as good but not necessary. It is a huge challenge for churches who want to reach Hispanics to understand Latin culture and where it intersects and/or clashes with American culture. There’s many examples, but I’ll give just one: Christmas Eve. Normally, this is the highest attended service of the year for churches. In Miami, it’s dead as a doornail. Why? Because Christmas Eve for Cubans is the equivalent of Thanksgiving. You spend “Noche Buena” with your family, not in church. And every year I watch church planters break this cultural rule and never see the results they wanted.

    Anyway, probably more than you wanted to hear. I like what you’re doing. it’s good stuff…