The Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year in the United States as a recognition of the contributions that the Hispanic Americans have made for the development of our Nation.
What started in 1968 as a one-week celebration, nowadays is a full month from September 15th through October 15th. The selection of these specific dates is because seven Latin American countries celebrate their Independence days during that period: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua on September 15th, Mexico on the 16th and Chile on the 18th. Also, Columbus Day is on October 12th.
According to the US Census Bureau, Hispanics or Latinos are “Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race” and these cultures will be united under the Hispanic Heritage Month.
The following are some facts about the Hispanic in the United States that will help you understand how important the impact of the Latino community in this country has been.
10 Cool and Interesting Facts About Hispanics in the United States
1. The Hispanic population of the United States in 2019 constitutes 1 out 5 of the nation’s total population, about 60.6 million. That’s 18.5% of the total population!