Facts for Hispanic Heritage Month

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 15:00

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Sept. 15 is the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. In honor of this month-long celebration of the Hispanic Heritage, here are a few Facts for Features from the Census Bureau:

$47,675The median income of Hispanic households in 2016. (Source: Income and Poverty in the United States: 2016, Table 1)

58.9 million: The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2017, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 18.1 percent of the nation’s total population. (Source: Vintage 2017 Population Estimates)

10 The number of states with a population of 1 million or more Hispanic residents in 2017 — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas. (Source: Vintage 2017 Population Estimates)


For more facts & features from the Census Bureau on the Hispanic population from the 2016 American Community Survey Statistics, check out the link here.