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Pew Report Illustrates Youth Of Latino Population Relative To Non-Latino Counterparts


First Posted: 02/22/2012 12:34 pm Updated: 02/23/2012 9:40 am

While 2010 Census data showed us how quickly the Latino population has grown in just ten years, a new statistical portrait released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center illustrates just how young that population is.

New population graphs, which depict how the Latino and non-Latino populations break down in terms of age group, show that Hispanics skew much younger than their white counterparts.

Another graph, which isolates only native born Latinos living in the United States is even more drastic. The graph shows a strong pyramid shape with 0-5 year olds making up the largest portion of the population:

Native Born

The same statistical portrait holds that 8.1 of Hispanic women in the United States have given birth in the last year, while only 5.9 percent of white women have done the same. According to another Pew Study, about one in four babies born in 2008 had a Hispanic mother.

Many believe the shifting demographics of native born Latinos will mean increased political influence and purchasing power in years to come.

Chiqui Cartagena, the VP of Corporate Marketing for Univision, said at a AdWeek panel in October that politicians would do well to focus their energies on the Latino demographic now.

"Every year 500,000 or 600,000 Latinos turn 18, so the parties have an opportunity to engage this voter earlier on," she said.

Glenn Llopis, a business commentator and HuffPost LatinoVoices blogger, believes that corporate America is just starting to take notice of young Latino purchasing power, and are finally starting to market towards a bicultural, English-speaking, Latino audience.

"As the Hispanic consumer purchasing power numbers shift in favor of new marketplace opportunities - an awakening is taking place," Llopis wrote in blog for The Huffington Post.

He added that, "it's time for America's corporations to all recognize and become a part of the foundational restructuring... that awaits American enterprise by 2050."

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  • 43%

    <blockquote><strong>43% </strong>is the percentage increase in the Hispanic population between April 1, 2000, and April 1, 2010, making Hispanics the fastest-growing minority group. Source for all statistics: <a href="" target="_hplink">United States Census</a> </blockquote>

  • 50.5 million

    <blockquote><strong> 50.5 million</strong> is the size of the Hispanic population of the United States as of April 1, 2010, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 16.3 percent of the nation's total population. In addition, there are 3.7 million residents of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. </blockquote>

  • 132.8 million

    <blockquote><strong>132.8 million</strong> is the projected size of the 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. </blockquote>

  • 2nd

    <blockquote><strong>2nd</strong> is the 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). </blockquote>

  • 14 million

    <blockquote><strong>14 million </strong>is the size of the population of the Hispanic-origin population that lived in California in 2010, up from 11 million in 2000. </blockquote>

  • 96%

    <blockquote><strong>96%</strong> is the percentage of the population of Webb County, Texas, that was Hispanic as of 2010. This is the highest proportion of any county in the country.</blockquote>

  • 82

    <blockquote> <strong>82</strong> is the number of the nation's 3,143 counties that were majority-Hispanic.</blockquote>

  • 10.4 million

    <blockquote>10.4 million is the number of Hispanic family households in the United States in 2010.</blockquote>

  • 35 Million

    <blockquote><strong>35 million</strong> is the number of U.S. residents 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2009. Those who <em>hablan español</em> constituted 12 percent of U.S. residents. More than half of these Spanish speakers spoke English "very well." </blockquote>

  • 26.6%

    <blockquote><strong>26.6%</strong> is the poverty rate among Hispanics in 2010, up from 25.3 percent in 2009, and 23.2 percent in 2008.</blockquote>

  • 14%

    <blockquote> <strong>14%</strong> the percentage of the Hispanic population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree or higher in 2010.</blockquote>

  • 47%

    <blockquote><strong>47%</strong> is the percent of the foreign-born population that was Hispanic in 2009.</blockquote>

  • 9.7 million

    <blockquote><strong> 9.7 million </strong>is 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 went from 47 percent in 2004 to 50 percent in 2008. </blockquote>

  • 1.1 million

    <blockquote><strong>1.1 million</strong> is the number of Hispanics or Latinos 18 and older who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces.</blockquote>


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