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Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

The term Hispanic or Latino, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin." According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from the 2000 Census, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.

Features

Learn about famous Hispanic Americans, notable books, holidays, Spanish loan words, ethnic terminology preferences, and more.

Population Statistics

Get the latest data, including the Hispanic/Latino population, places with the highest Hispanic population, and more.

Economic Statistics

Find out the latest homeownership rates, median incomes for various households, and more.

Fun Stuff from Infoplease

Try a quiz or crossword puzzle on famous Hispanic Americans, entertainers, and more.

Quizzes from BRAIN QUEST®

Test your knowledge of Hispanic history with these quizzes.


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