Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month-Celebrating the Immense Contributions of Latinos to the Economy, Culture, and Identity of the United States

The United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15, 2015, through October 15, 2015. Below are Milestones of Latino Contributions to the Economy, Culture, and Identity of the United States- The resolution to celebrate the contributions of Latinos to life in the United States was introduced by Senior Senator Robert “Bob” Menendez from New Jersey through Bill S-Res254. The latest statistics are published in the bill.

Population 

The Hispanic population in the United States stands at more than 55,000,000 people, making Hispanic Americans 17.4 percent of the population of the United States and the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the United States.

There were 1,000,000 or more Latino residents in Puerto Rico and each of the following 8 States in 2014: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.

Latinos grew the United States population by more than 1,150,000 people between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, accounting for nearly 1/2 of all population growth during this period

Latinos in the U.S.

The Latino population in the United States is projected to grow to 105,550,000 by 2050, at which point the Latino population will comprise more than 25 percent of the total population of the United States

The Latino population in the United States is currently the third largest worldwide, exceeding the population in every Latin American and Caribbean country except for Mexico and Brazil

Latino Family Households, Latino Children

There were 12,200,000 Latino family households in the United States and more than 17,900,000 Latino children under the age of 18 in 2014, representing approximately 1/3 of the total Latino population in the United States

Latino children in the US

Latinos in Public School and In Colleges 

More than 1 in 4 public school students in the United States is Latino, and the share of Latino students is expected to rise to nearly 30 percent in the next decade

Latinos in College

Nineteen percent of all college students between the ages of 18 and 24 years old are Latino, making Latinos the largest racial or ethnic minority group on college campuses in the United States, including both 2-year community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities

Latinos Voting Power

A record 11,200,000 Latinos voted in the 2012 Presidential election, representing a record 8.4 percent of the electorate in the United States

Latino Voting Power

An estimated 28,500,000 Latinos will be eligible to vote in the 2016 Presidential election, and the number of eligible Latino voters is expected to rise to 40,000,000 by 2030, accounting for 40 percent of the growth in the eligible electorate in the United States over the next 15 years

More than 2,000 Latino citizens currently turn 18 and become eligible to vote every day, and an estimated 1,000,000 Latino citizens will turn 18 and become eligible to vote every year by 2024

Latino Purchasing Power

The annual purchasing power of Hispanic Americans was an estimated $1,300,000,000,000 in 2014, larger than the economy of all but 15 countries in the world

Purchasing Power

Latino Business Ownership

There are more than 3,200,000 Hispanic-owned firms in the United States, supporting millions of employees nationwide and contributing more than $468,000,000,000 in revenue to the economy of the United States

Latino Business Ownership and Entrepreneurial Ventures on the Rise

Hispanic-owned businesses represent the fastest growing segment of small businesses in the United States, with Latino entrepreneurs starting businesses at more than twice the national rate

Latino Civilian Labor Force

As of August 2015, more than 26,000,000 Latino workers represented 16.6 percent of the total civilian labor force in the United States, and the Latino share of the labor force is expected to grow to 19.1 percent by 2022, with the Latino population accounting for more than 40 percent of the increase in employment in the United States over the next 5 years

Professional Latinas

Latinos have the highest labor force participation rate of any racial or ethnic group at 65.6 percent, compared to 62.6 percent overall

There were 270,000 Latino elementary and middle school teachers, 75,000 Latino chief executives of businesses, 63,000 Latino lawyers, and 64,000 Latino physicians and surgeons contributing to the United States through their professions in 2014

Latino Service in the Armed Forces

Hispanic Americans serve in all branches of the United States Armed Forces and have bravely fought in every war in the history of the United States

As of July 31, 2015, more than 164,000 Hispanic active duty service members served with distinction in the United States Armed Forces

As of August 31, 2015, approximately 284,000 Latinos have served in overseas contingency operations since September 11, 2001, including more than 8,500 Latinos currently serving in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan

Latinos in the Armed Forces

As of September 2015, at least 675 United States Armed Forces fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan were Hispanic

An estimated 200,000 Latinos were mobilized for World War I and approximately 500,000 Latinos served during World War II

More than 80,000 Latinos served in the Vietnam War, representing 5.5 percent of individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States in the conflict, even though Latinos comprised only 4.5 percent of the population of the United States at the time

Approximately 148,000 Hispanic soldiers served in the Korean War, including Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment known as the Borinqueneers, the only active-duty segregated Latino military unit in the history of the United States

Latino Veterans and Honorable Service

As of September 2015, there are an estimated 1,500,000 living Latino veterans of the United States Armed Forces

Honoring Latino Veterans

61 Hispanic Americans have received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed on an individual serving in the United States Armed Forces

Latino Public Service 

Hispanic Americans are dedicated public servants, holding posts at the highest levels of government, including 1 seat on the Supreme Court of the United States, 3 seats in the Senate, 34 seats in the House of Representatives, and 3 seats in the Cabinet.

Latinos in Congress

Hispanic Americans harbor a deep commitment to family and community, an enduring work ethic, and a perseverance to succeed and contribute to society

Complete text on this bill.

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