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Latinos in the U.S.A.

Many people who live in the United States speak Spanish. Their families come from Latin American countries. They are called Latinos.

Map of the U.S.A.
  • Many Mexicans live in California, Texas, and Illinois. In California, about 20% of the entire state population is Mexican, as is 80% of the population of Los Angeles. In Illinois, 62% of the state's Latino population is Mexican and lives in Chicago. Texas is home to 25% of all the Latinos in the U.S.

  • New York has the widest variety of Spanish-speaking people. Many are from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. At 48.7%, Puerto Ricans are the largest Latino group in NYC. In addition, Puerto Ricans make up 24% of the total population of NYC.

  • Cubans make up 62% of the people living in Miami, Florida.

    • Critical-Thinking Activity: Show students where Mexico is in relation to California and Texas. Ask students to give possible reasons why California and Texas have such large Mexican populations.
    • Challenge Math Activity: 48.7% of New York City's total Latino population is Puerto Rican. What is the remaining percentage of the city's Latino population?