Fun Facts for Hispanic Heritage Month
The observation of Hispanic Heritage started in 1968 with the creation of Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan for a month long celebration in 1988. In a Presidential Proclamation made in 2015 by President Barak Obama, it is noted that Hispanics contribute to the United States in extraordinary ways – from serving in the military, to strengthening the economy, to enriching the art, music, and literature of America – Hispanic, Latino and Spanish-Americans play an integral part in both the creation and continued growth of America.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 – with September 16 marking Mexico’s Independence Day – and goes through October 15. This period of time also celebrates the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, Chile and Belize. Take some time to celebrate this integral part in American culture and history by learning more about Hispanic and Latino history and culture, as well as the positive influence they have had on American society.
Hispanic Heritage Month Facts:
- The United States has the second largest Hispanic population at 55 million, with Mexico’s Hispanic population at 120 million.
- New Mexico holds that largest amount of Hispanic residents in the United States, holding 47.3 percent of their total population.
- The number of Hispanic-owned businesses increased from 2002 to 2007 by 43.6 percent, and receipts generated by those Hispanic-owned businesses increased by 58 percent.
- 11.2 million of the 2012 presidential election voters were Hispanic, and it is projected that number will jump to 13.1 million this election year.
- 1.2 million Hispanic and Latinos are veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
- The projected Hispanic population in America will grow to 119 million by 2060.
- Some of America’s most popular entertainers are Hispanic or Latino, such as Gabriel Iglesias, Shakira, George Lopez, Jennifer Lopez and Salma Hayek.