Hispanic heritage in southwestern Connecticut
Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States started on September 15 and is celebrated through October 15. To highlight the rich Hispanic heritage here in southwestern Connecticut, we took a look at some population numbers to see which local city has the biggest Hispanic community.
Click through the slideshow above to see the Hispanic populations of southwestern Connecticut's towns.
As of July 1, 2017, the Hispanic population of the United States was 58.9 million, according to the U.S. Census, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 18.1 percent of the nation's total population.
In 2017, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas all had more than 1 million Hispanic residents.
Making up 63.2 percent of the Hispanic population of the United States in 2016 (the most recent data available), Mexican is by far the biggest Hispanic nationality in the country.
Another 9.5 percent were of Puerto Rican background, 3.8 percent Salvadoran, 3.9 percent
Cuban, 3.3 percent Dominican and 2.5 percent Guatemalan.
According to the U.S. Census, "in September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. Congress expanded the observance in 1989 to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Sept. 15 is the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively."
The U.S. Census predicts that the Hispanic population of the United States will grow to 119 million by 2060.