March 19, 2012

Maps and Data about the Hispanic Population

Here is a statistic that illustrates the dispersion of the nation’s Hispanic population: Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Hispanics lived in the 50 counties with the largest Hispanic populations in 2000. In 2010, 59% lived in those top 50 counties. Those statistics are derived from the Pew Hispanic Center’s analysis of Census Bureau data, displayed in updated profiles, data and interactive maps.

The newly released material includes population data from decennial censuses and the bureau’s population estimates program for the nation’s 3,100-plus counties. Interactive maps display population data from 1980 through 2010, and show how the population size and distribution across counties has changed. County Hispanic population data for 1990, 2000 and 2010 also can be downloaded from the Pew Hispanic Center website.

The economic and demographic profiles offer a range of data from the Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey about characteristics of Hispanics and non-Hispanics for each of the 50 states and District of Columbia. They include data on age, marital status, births, nativity, earnings, occupation, industry, poverty, home ownership, health insurance, school enrollment, citizenship, and language spoken at home. For some characteristics, a state ranking is supplied.

Among the highlights: