The entire Hispanic community that lives in the U.S. is very diverse. According to a survey conducted by the United States Census Bureau in the year 2009, 65 percent of the Spanish immigrants are Mexican Americans, 9 percent are Puerto Ricans, 3.5 percent are Cubans, 3.2 percent are Salvadorans, 2.7 percent are Dominicans while the 15.4 percent are a mixture of Central Americans, South Americans and some other Latin race. As of today, it is declared that the largest ethnic minority in the country is that of the Hispanics. There are around 50 million Spanish individuals who are now residing in the country. That’s quite a big number for a population that is from a foreign origin.
Are Most of These Foreign People Immigrants?
Since the Hispanic community makes up a large portion of the U.S, population, many people ask if most of them are immigrants. The truth is, most of the Latinos living in the country are native-born Americans. And amazingly, three out of four Hispanics are full-pledged citizens. 62.7 percent of the Hispanic community are born in the country while only 37.3 percent are foreign-born. The other 10 percent, on the other hand, are naturalized U.S. citizens. This information is based on the records of the U.S. Census Bureau. What’s more is that majority of the Spanish individuals who are under the age of 18 are also native-born Americans and full-pledged citizens at that.
What are the Top-pick U.S. Places that the Latinos live in?
As for the choice of residency, the Hispanic community has quite a few states of preference. California is definitely on top of their list. Back in 2010, it was reported that over 14 million Latinos are living in this area. Texas is home to around 9.4 million of them while the others choose to reside in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland. Approximately, there are 16 states that are congested with the Spanish population. The list includes New Mexico, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, New York, Arizona, Mississippi and a lot more.
What is the Educational Attainment of the Hispanics and How Many are Employed?
As of 2010, the percentage of the Latinos who are getting formal education from universities in the U.S. has gradually increased. There are about 11 percent who are officially enrolled in college while 22 percent in elementary and high school levels. In fact, 63 percent of the Hispanic community that are over the age of 25 have graduated from high school and 14 percent have their bachelor’s degree or even higher. When it comes to employment, 65 percent of the adult Latinos have stable jobs. However, they were greatly affected during the recession period from 2007 and 2009. But they continue to search for a job even then. Sadly, the unemployment rate of the Hispanic community is still very high. It is at 11.3 percent which is way higher than the entire U.S. population.
What is the Economic Status of the Latinos in the U.S.?
Generally, the Hispanics are doing pretty well in the country. Most of them have a median income range of $38,000 to $40,000. Although the Latino poverty level has increased during the last few years, the Hispanic community has remained resilient and hopeful. According to the survey conducted in 2009, over 12 million Latinos are labeled as poor because their income fell below $21,000 per year. On a lighter note, some of them are slowly becoming professionals and earning higher salaries.