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31.8 Million: Mexicans in the United States
The U.S. Census Bureau released its annual Cinco de Mayo fact sheet on Mexicans recently. Using updated numbers from the 2010 American Community Survey, it offers a little more insight on our community than previously known.
31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican heritage, with a median age of 25.5. That’s 9.4% of the total U.S. population and about three-quarters (63 percent) of the 50.5 million classified as Hispanic* in the United States.
61% of us reside in California (11.4 million) and Texas (8.0 million).
Of the 50 U.S. states, Mexicans are the largest “Hispanic” group in 40 of them. “More than half these states were in the South and West regions of the country, two in the Northeast region, and in all 12 states in the Midwest region,” reports the U.S. Census Bureau.
*The term Hispanic is an attempt by the U.S. government to associate a predominately Indigenous people with its colonizers. It’s inaccurate and offensive.