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Latino American Studies Research Guide: Statistics


The nation’s Latino population is diverse. Represented among the 51.9 million Latinos in the United States are individuals who trace their heritage to more than 20 Spanish-speaking nations worldwide. But one group—Mexicans—dominates the nation’s Latino population.

Hispanic origin is based on self-described family ancestry or place of birth in response to questions in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. It is not necessarily the same as place of birth. For example, a person born in Los Angeles may identify his or her origin as Mexico. Likewise, some people born in Mexico may identify another country as their origin depending on the place of birth of their ancestors.

Each statistical profile describes the demographic, employment and income characteristics of a Hispanic origin population residing in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The characteristics of an origin group are also compared with all Hispanics and the U.S. population overall. This report and accompanying Hispanic origin profiles use data from the 2011 American Community Survey.

Mark Hugo Lopez, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Danielle Cuddington, "Diverse Origins: The Nation’s 14 Largest Hispanic-Origin Groups", Pew Research Hispanic Center, June 19, 2013.

The Hispanic databook : detailed profiles of states and 782 places with Hispanic population, including 23 ethnic backgrounds from Argentinean to Venezuelan, with rankings and comparisons of states, counties and places / [senior editor, David Garoogian].  Amenia, NY : Grey House Pub., c2012.  3rd edition.  Main Library E184.S75 H567 2012

Hispanic Population of the United States.  Official page from the U.S. Census Bureau with reports and data about the Latino population from Census surveys, including the 2000 Census, American Community Survey, and Current Population Survey.  Includes a link to The Hispanic Population in the United States: 2011

Hispanics in the United States : a demographic, social, and economic history, 1980-2005 / Laird W. Bergad, Herbert S. Klein.  Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010. Cesar Chavez Collection E184.S75 B47 2010 : In 1980 the U.S. government began to systematically collect data on Hispanics. By 2005 the Latino population of the United States had become the nation's largest minority and is projected to comprise about one-third of the total U.S. population in 2050. Utilizing census data and other statistical source materials, this book examines the transformations in the demographic, social, and economic structures of Latino-Americans in the United States between 1980 and 2005. Unlike most other studies, this book presents data on transformations over time, rather than a static portrait of specific topics at particular moments. Latino-Americans are examined over this twenty-five year period in terms of their demographic structures, changing patterns of wealth and poverty, educational attainment, citizenship and voter participation, occupational structures, employment, and unemployment. The result is a detailed socioeconomic portrait by region and over time that indicates the basic patterns that have lead to the formation of a complex national minority group that has become central to U.S. society.

Statistical Handbook on Racial Groups in the United States / by Tim B. Heaton, Bruce A. Chadwick, and Cardell K. Jacobson. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 2000. 355pp. Main Library E184.A1 H417 2000 : As the shift in racial and ethnic composition of the United States continues, students, researchers, and others will find it important to understand the differences between--and similarities among--racial groups. This volume compiles a broad range of statistical data on important topics across various racial groups. Gathered from authoritative sources, this information offers statistical comparisons on timely subjects, including: educational goals, attitudes about employment, leisure pursuits, marital happiness, attitudes about contraception, religious beliefs, arrest rates, and political party preferences.

We the People: An Atlas of America's Ethnic Diversity. Map Library (3 West) (Supersize Atlas Case) G1201.E1 A4 1988 Maps showing the geographical distribution of 44 ethnic and racial groups in the United States are presented. Maps are also included showing internal migration by ethnic group and refugee settlement, the distribution of ethnic groups in 1920. Data are primarily from the 1980 census. Statistical data are also presented in tabular form concerning the population of each U.S. county by ethnic group for 1980. Excellent demographic maps and statistical information.

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