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Hispanic Heritage Month: Data and Statistics

Census Data for Hispanic Americans

2020 Census Data for Hispanic Americans

The Census occurs every 10 years, in years ending in zero, to count the population and housing units for the entire United States. Its primary purpose is to provide the population counts that determine how seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are apportioned.

Data about Hispanic Americans is available for the U.S., 50 states, and the District of Columbia, counties, and subcounty statistical areas (such as zip codes and block groups) from 1990 to the present.

This fact sheet compiled for Hispanic Heritage Month includes some population statistics for this group. The page also includes links to Population Profiles with more detailed information.


Infographics & Statistics

Latino adults using "Latinx"

  • 76% of Latino adults have not heard of the term Latinx.
  • 20% of Latino adults have heard of the term Latinx, but do not use it.
  • 3% of Latino adults use the term Latinx.
Infographic showing that the percent of Latino adults who have heard of or use the term Latinx. Breakdowns communicated in text.
Pew Research Center: About one-in-four U.S. Hispanics have heard of Latinx, but just 3% use it

Infographic showing the projected U.S. Hispanic population from 2020 to 2060. Breakdowns communicated in text to the left.
United States Census Bureau: Hispanic Population to reach 111 million by 2060.

Projected Hispanic population growth in 5 year increments from 2020-2060

  • 2017: 58.9 million; 18% of U.S. population
  • 2020: 62.3 million; 19% of U.S. population
  • 2025: 68.5 million; 20% of U.S. population
  • 2030: 74.8 million; 21% of U.S. population
  • 2035: 81.2 million; 22% of U.S. population
  • 2040: 87.6 million; 23% of U.S. population
  • 2045: 93.8 million; 25% of U.S. population
  • 2050: 99.8 million; 26% of U.S. population
  • 2055: 105.6 million; 27% of U.S. population
  • 2060: 111.2 million; 28% of U.S. population

Hispanic & Latinx by the Numbers

  • As of 2021 there were 62.1 million Hispanics living in the U.S. making up 18.7% of the total population.
  • Hispanic vs. Latinx
    • Hispanic refers to those who speak Spanish or are descended from Spanish-speaking lineage.
    • Latinx is a person of Latin American origin or descent. This is a gender-neutral or nonbinary term.
      • Latino generally refers to a man or boy of Latin American origin or descent
      • Latina generally refers to a woman or girl of Latin American origin or descent
  • 72.4% of Hispanic Americans speak Spanish at home
  • There was a 23% growth in the Hispanic American population between 2010-2020
  • There are 11 states with a population of 1 million or more Hispanic people (AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, NC, NJ, NM, NY, AND TX)
  • There are 1.3 million Hispanic or Latino veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces (7.3%)
  • There are 60 Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor recipients  
Infographic with various data about Hispanic Americans. Detailed information is available in accompanying text.
National Institutes of Health: Hispanic Heritage Month 2021