Did you know? Hispanic Heritage MonthIn Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here are some meaningful facts that can help you better understand the importance of recognizing Hispanic-Americans and their impact in the United States.
Identity: The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census, more than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino.Heritage: Hispanics trace their heritage to the following countries that were colonized by Spain and continue to use Spanish as an official language: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Population: 53 million Hispanics made up the United States' population in 2012, making it the largest ethnic or racial minority in the nation.
Education: College enrollment among Hispanic high school graduates has risen over the past decade: According to the Census Bureau, 49% of young Hispanic high-school graduates were enrolled in college in 2012, surpassing the rate for white (47%) and black (45%) high-school grads.
Language: Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the United States. Nearly all U.S. Hispanics say it’s important that future generations speak Spanish.
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