National Hispanic Heritage Month will be observed this year from September 15th through October 15th. Events will be held at the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, in National Parks, at the Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere.

If you are a Hispanic American, a Hispanic-American educator, a student, or a teacher whose classroom is home to Hispanic-American students, you will want to follow these events this month.

You will also want to take part in the Student Research Foundation’s Teacher Survey, for teachers who wish to share their point of view on the high school curriculum and the potential impact it has on their student’s career and educational pathways.

Facts to Know about Hispanic-Americans

Hispanic-Americans play a very big role in transforming all aspects of American life. Here are some statistics to know.

  • 60.5 million Hispanic-Americans are now living in the United States. That represents 18.4 percent of the U.S. total population. Among Hispanic subgroups, Mexican-Americans ranked as the largest group, comprising 61.4 percent of all Hispanic-Americans. Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Three states saw Hispanic populations increase by more than 1 million between 2010 to 2020.In Texas, (+2.0 million); California (+1.6 million); and Florida (+1.5 million). Other high-growth states in that period were New York (+531,000) and New Jersey (+447,000). Source: Pew Research Center.
  • Hispanics are playing the biggest role in driving U.S. population growth.The U.S. population grew by 22.7 million from 2010 to 2020, and Hispanics accounted for 51% of that increase, more than any other racial or ethnic group. Source: Pew Research Center.
  • The rate of homeownership is increasing rapidly among Hispanic-Americans. The number of Hispanic-homeowner households rose by more than 700,000 to nearly 9 million in 2020, according to Census Bureau data. Source: The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.
  • The share of U.S. Hispanics who have attended college has increased since 2010. About 42% of U.S. Hispanic adults ages 25 and older had at least some college experience in 2019, up from 36% in 2010. The number of Latinos enrolled in college also increased from 2010 to 2019, from 2.9 million to 3.6 million. Source: Pew Research Center.
  • Hispanic-Americans are starting more businesses than are members of any other segment of the population. Over the last decade, the revenues earned by Latino-owned firms grew at an average of 25 percent per year versus 19 percent growth for white-owned businesses. Source: The 202 State of Latino Entrepreneurship Study conducted by Stanford University.

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