Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Sept. 15th – Oct. 15th

Flags For Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is fast approaching! Considering our passion for the U.S. Hispanic market, we thought it fitting to recognize the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking regions of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

In September 1968, Congress authorized then President, Lyndon B. Johnson to announce National Hispanic Heritage Week. This cultural celebration would take place during the week that included September 15 and September 16.

In 1988, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration (September 15 – October 15), which came into effect the following year.  The meaning behind Sept. 15, the starting date of the celebration, was chosen because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.


52.0 million
The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2011, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constitute 16.7 percent of the nation’s total population. In addition, there are 3.7 million residents of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
Source: 2011 Population Estimates

1.3 million
Number of Hispanics added to the nation’s population between July 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011. This number is more than half of the approximately 2.3 million added to the nation’s population during this period.
Source: 2011 Population Estimates

Percentage increase in the Hispanic population between 2010 and 2011.
Source: 2011 Population Estimates

132.8 million
The projected Hispanic population of the United States on July 1, 2050. According to this projection, Hispanics will constitute 30 percent of the nation’s population by that date.
Source: Population Projections

50.5 million
The number of Hispanics counted during the 2010 Census. This was about a 43 percent increase from the Hispanic population in the 2000 Census, which was 35.3 million.
Source: The Hispanic Population: 2010

Ranking of the size of the U.S. Hispanic population worldwide, as of 2010. Only Mexico (112 million) had a larger Hispanic population than the United States (50.5 million).
Source: International Data Base

The percentage of Hispanic-origin people in the United States in 2010 of Mexican background in 2010. Another 9.2 percent were of Puerto Rican background, 3.5 percent Cuban, 3.3 percent Salvadoran and 2.8 percent Dominican. The remainder was of some other Central American, South American or other Hispanic/Latino origin.
Source: The Hispanic Population: 2010

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