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Hispanic Heritage Month: Sept. 15 through Oct. 15

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Hispanic Heritage Month will take place Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

The observance is during this time based on significant events for various Hispanic communities that fall within the observance period.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through a strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service. Hispanic and Latino Americans have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

Hispanic and Latino Facts

U.S. Population

The U.S. Hispanic population now stands at 57 million, making Hispanics the nation’s second-fastest-growing racial or ethnic group after Asians.

According to the Pew Research Center, Hispanics make up 18 percent of the U.S. population, up from 5 percent in 1970.

Spanish Language

Forty million U.S. residents age 5 and older spoke Spanish at home in 2015. This is a 131.2 percent increase since 1990, when it was 17.3 million.

According to the decennial census, those who spoke Spanish at home constituted 13.3 percent of U.S. residents age 5 and older. More than half, 59 percent of all Spanish speakers and 57.4 percent of Hispanic Spanish speakers, spoke English “very well.”

Serving our Country

According to an American Community Survey in 2015, there are 1.2 million Hispanic or Latino veterans of the armed forces.

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