1. 50 million million -> The estimated Hispanic population of the United States, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 16 percent of the nation’s total population. In addition, there are approximately 4 million residents of Puerto Rico, a Carribbean U.S. territory.
2. 132.8 million -> The projected Hispanic population of the United States on July 1, 2050. According to this projection, Hispanics will constitute 30% of the nation’s population by that date.
3. 2nd -> Ranking of the size of the U.S. Hispanic population worldwide. Only Mexico had a larger Hispanic population than the United States.
4. 21 -> Number of states in which Hispanics were the largest minority group. These states were Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming
5. 2.5 million -> The number of Hispanic-owned businesses, up 45 percent from 2002.
6. 35 million -> The number of U.S. residents 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2008. Those who hablan español constituted 12% of U.S. residents. More than half of these Spanish speakers spoke English “very well.”
7. 9.7 million million -> The number of Hispanic citizens who reported voting in the 2008 presidential election, about 2 million more than voted in 2004. The percentage of Hispanic citizens voting–50%–represented a statistical increase from 2004 (47%)
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