Friday, September 13

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated across America from September 15 to October 15. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 respectively.

The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2011 was 52 million, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority Hispanics constituted 16.7 percent of the nation's total population.

The projected Hispanic population of the United States on July 1, 2050 is 132.8 million. Hispanics will constitute 30 percent of the nation's population by that date.

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