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What is Hispanic Heritage Month
Beginning in mid-September, the celebrations coincide with national independence days in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile.
Catholic Relief Services recognizes that 55% of Latinos in the United States identify as Catholic, and with a shared spirit, we join this tribute to the diversity of cultures and achievements of such a faithful and vibrant community.
Three Interesting Facts About Hispanics and Latinos in the United States:
- Hispanics and Latinos are not necessarily the same. Hispanics are descended from Spanish-speaking populations. Latinos are people of Latin American descent.
- Currently, the Hispanic population in the United States stands at more than 56 million, making it the largest racial or ethnic group in the United States.*
- It is estimated that by 2065 the Latino population in the United States will grow to 107 million people.*
*Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project Statistics & U.S. Census Bureau