By the Numbers
- 48.4 million – Estimated Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2009, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority.
- More than 1 – Of every two people added to the nation's population between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009, was Hispanic.
- 3.1% – Percentage increase in the Hispanic population between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009, making Hispanics the fastest-growing minority group.
- 132.8 million – Projected Hispanic population of the United States on July 1, 2050. Hispanics are projected to constitute 30 percent of the nation's population by that date.
- 27.4 years – Median age of the Hispanic population in 2009. This compared with 36.8 years for the population as a whole.
- 13.7 million Hispanics, and Texas was home to 9.1 million.
- 21 – States in which Hispanics are the largest minority group (including Texas).
- 2.3 million – Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007, up 43.6 percent from 2002.
- 10.5 million – Hispanic family households in the United States in 2009. Of these households, 61 percent included children younger than 18.
- 35 million – U.S. residents 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2008, 12 percent of U.S. residents.
- 3.7 million – Hispanics 18 and older who had at least a bachelor's degree in 2009.
- 4 – Hispanic surnames ranked among the 15 most common in 2000, the first time a Hispanic surname reached the top 15 during a census.
- 9.7 million – Hispanic citizens who reported voting in the 2008 presidential election, about 2 million more than voted in 2004.
- 1.1 million – Hispanic veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 — October 15
Cable providers have a longstanding commitment to Hispanic communities, and we are proud to provide customers with a wide array of programming in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. From September 15 to October 15, Cable customers will have access to a variety of programming in English and in Spanish.
About Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for the United States to celebrate the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week.
The observance was expanded in 1988 by Congress to a month-long celebration, effective the following year. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration 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.
Click here to download the Texas Cable Association Hispanic Heritage Month Programming Guide.
Questions? Contact the Texas Cable Association at email@example.com or 512-474-2082.