Hispanic Heritage Month

US Department of Defense - Hispanic Heritage Month Infographic

US Department of Defense – Hispanic Heritage Month Infographic

Friday, September 15 — Today marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month — a time to recognize the contributions and cultures of the nation’s fastest-growing population group. The idea started as a special week in 1968 and was expanded to a full month 20 years later.

There are 56.6 million Hispanic people in the U.S., 17.6 percent of the total population, forming the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Over half of that population resides in California, Texas or Florida, and nearly two-thirds are of Mexican background. Twenty-four percent of all elementary and high school students nationwide are Hispanic, indicative of a growing population that is expected to reach about 119 million by 2060.

You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey.

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