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:

  1. Hispanics and Latinos are not necessarily the same. Hispanics are descended from Spanish-speaking populations. Latinos are people of Latin American descent.
  2. 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.* 
  3. 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