9 Notable Numbers Showing the Evolution of the U.S. Hispanic Population

A look at some statistics paints a picture of the many ways the U.S. Hispanic population is not only growing, but changing as well

This recent post from the Pew Research Center Fact Tank reveals some of the ways the Hispanic population in the United States has evolved. Among the key findings reported in the post:

  • The U.S. Hispanic population reached a new peak of 57.5 million in 2016
  • U.S. Hispanics are drawn from an increasingly diverse mix of countries
  • The share of the U.S. Hispanic population born outside the U.S. continues to decline

Pew Research Center is a great resource for polling and demographic information about the United States. They also have an entire section of their website devoted to Hispanics (“Hispanic Trends”), which says something about the important of this population today.

Here are nine more statistics from Pew Research Center showing how the U.S. Hispanic population is growing and changing:

1. 17.6% of the total United States population is Hispanic (up from 6.8% in 1980)

2. 37.1 million U.S.-born Latinos in the United States today (up from 5.5 million in 1960)

3. 107 million is the projected U.S. Hispanic population by 2065 (according to Pew Research Center projections)

4. 24% is the expected share of the U.S. population that will be Hispanic by 2065

5. 34.4% of all U.S. Hispanics in 2015 were born in another country (down from 40% in the early 2000s)

6. 5 million Latinos were born in the U.S. between 2000 and 2015 (compared to 1.9 million newly arrived Latino immigrants)

7. 19 was the median age of U.S.-born Hispanics in 2015 (up from 18 in the year 2000)

8. 89.7% of U.S.-born Hispanics were proficient in English in 2015 (up from 71.9% in 1980)

9. 37 million Hispanics ages 5 and older speak Spanish at home (significantly up from 25 million in 2000)