Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

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We at SHHRP would like to take a moment to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, for it is a very important date for us and our diverse community. National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the US Latino’s heritage, culture, and history. This celebration was started by the Congress as Hispanic Heritage Week back in 1968. If you are wondering why it starts in the middle of the month, versus at the beginning, it is because at the start of September, national independence days are celebrated in several Latin American countries. Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate theirs on Sept. 15, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept 21.

Thought we would share a couple of key fact  facts about our nation’s Latino population taken from Pew Research Center.

  1. The U.S. Hispanic population now stands at 57 million, making Hispanics the nation’s second-fastest-growing racial or ethnic group after Asians. Today Hispanics make up 18% of the U.S. population, up from 5% in 1970.
  2. A record 27.3 million Latinos are eligible to vote in 2016, up from 23.3 million in 2012. But during the last presidential election, Latinos (48.0%) lagged behind blacks (66.6%) and whites (64.1%) in their voter turnout rate.
  3. People of Mexican origin account for about two-thirds (35.3 million) of the nation’s Hispanics. Those of Puerto Rican origin are the next largest group, at 5.3 million, and their numbers have been growing due to a historic increase in migration from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland. (About 3.5 million live on the island.) There are five other Hispanic origin groups with more than 1 million people each: Salvadorans, Cubans, Dominicans, Guatemalans and Colombians.

For more key facts, please visit our source at Pew Research Center.

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