From September 15th to October 15th, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, stories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and the Caribbean. The observance began in September 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded into a month in 1989.
The celebration begins on September 15th because it marks the independence anniversary of El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras; Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence shortly after on September 16th and 18th, respectively.
Hispanic Heritage Month Stats: U.S. Census Bureau & 2019 NAWRB WHER
- As of July 2018, the Hispanic population of the United States was 59.9 million, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority.
- The Hispanic population makes up 18.3 percent of the nation’s total population.
- States with a population of 1 million or more Hispanic residents in 2018 include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas.
- From 2017 to 2018 in the number of Hispanics in Maricopa, Arizona, increased by 34,395, the biggest jump in this population during this period.
- The median age of the Hispanic (any race) population is 29.5 years old, an increase of 0.3 years since 2017.
- The homeownership rate for Hispanics of any race is 47.4 percent as of 2019.
- The real median income of Hispanic households in 2017 was $50,486.
For more homeownership, income and poverty statistics focused on the Hispanic community, check out Volume II: Homeownership of the 2019 NAWRB Women Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER). As events are held across the country celebrating and honoring Hispanic cultures, NAWRB wishes our community a happy Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information, please visit https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/.
About 2019 NAWRB WHER
The 2019 NAWRB Women Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) is the third installment of the most diverse coverage of the Housing Ecosystem with over sixty resources in six volumes: Diversity & Inclusion, Homeownership, Women-Owned Businesses, STEM, Aging Population, and Family Offices with a gender lens perspective. Learn more about each of the volumes and order a copy of the 2019 NAWRB WHER at https://www.nawrb.com/womenhousingecosystem/.