HISPANICS & The Latino Community by the Numbers

Excerpted from America’s Rising Hispanic Church – Part 1

Outreach Magazine, 04/21/2014.

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Outreach Magazine has done their customary exceptional job at drawing together research from many different sources to pen a valid and reliable overview that you can give to laypeople to show them the rising influence and impact of the Hispanic community.”

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Understanding the Opportunity —U.S. Census Bureau

#2 = Ranking of the size of the U.S. Hispanic population worldwide. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population.

8 = Number of states with a population of 1 million or more Hispanics: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

More than 50% = The percentage of the Hispanic population living in California, Florida and Texas.

21 = Number of states in which Hispanics are the largest minority group.

U.S. Hispanics by Origin – Pew Research Center

1. Mexicans 33,539,000
2. Puerto Ricans 4,916,000
3. Salvadorans 1,952,000
4. Cubans 1,889,000
5. Dominicans 1,528,000
6. Guatemalans 1,216,000
7. Colombians 989,000
8. Spaniards 707,000
9. Hondurans 702,000
10. Ecuadorians 649,000
11. Peruvians 556,000
12. Nicaraguans 395,000
13. Venezuelans 259,000
14. Argentineans 242,000

Bicultural Hispanics —Leadership Network
Bicultural Hispanics are typically U.S. born and are bilingual or English-preferred. Many don’t speak Spanish. They are under the age of 45 (average: 27). They are active in both mainstream and Latino cultures. Their social attitudes differ significantly from immigrant Latinos.

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance – U. S. Census Bureau

$38,624 = Median income of Hispanic households

25.3% = Poverty rate among Hispanics in 2011, down from 26.5 in 2010

30.1% = The percentage of Hispanic families that lacked health insurance in 2011

Good News on Education —U.S. Census Bureau/Pew Research Center

69% of Hispanic high school graduates in 2012 immediately enrolled in college. That’s two percentage points higher than their white counterparts (67 percent). There has also been a significant improvement in the drop-out rate among Hispanic high school students14 percent in 2011 compared to 28 percent a decade earlier. Despite this progress, Hispanics do continue to lag behind whites in several key higher education measures. They are less likely to enroll in a four-year college (54 percent versus 72 percent); they are also less likely to attend college full-time or to complete a bachelor’s degree.

63.2% Percentage of Hispanics 25 and older with at least a high school education

13.2% Percentage with a bachelor’s degree of higher (3.7 million)

1.2 Million Number with an advanced degree

Employment and Business – U. S. Census Bureau

67.4% Percentage of Hispanics 16 and older in the civilian work force

19.2% Percentage in management, business, science and the arts

1.2 Million Number of Hispanics 18 and older who are veterans

Latino Religious Affiliation – How U.S. Hispanics identify themselves

70% “I am Catholic”—29 million

23% “I am Protestant” (or “other Christian”)—9.5 million
This includes Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, though 85 percent of all U.S. Latino Protestants identify themselves as Pentecostal or evangelical (6.2 million)

37% “I am ‘born again’” (or evangelical)—14.2 million
This includes Catholic charismatics (22 percent of U.S. Latino Catholics). Twenty-six percent of all Latino Catholics self-identify as “born again”: 7.6 million.

1% “I follow another world religion”
such as Buddhism, Islam or Judaism.

0.37% “I am an atheist” (or agnostic)

Religious Affiliation by Generation

1st Generation Latino immigrants:
74% Catholic
15% Protestant

2nd Generation
72% Catholic
20% Protestant

3rd Generation
62% Catholic
29% Protestant