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Hispanic Population Grew 18% More Than Others In Washington D.C.

Hispanics gain more representation, and most U.S. states will have a significant Latino population in the near future. Currently, 16 states have at least a half-million Hispanic residents, a number that demolishes misconceptions. One such misconception is that Latino community is exclusively concentrated on large urban centers like New York or Los Angeles.

In Washington D.C. Hispanics already represent 9,1% of the total population, according to data provided by Census Bureau. This is a very significant number, since it has increased 21.8% in the last ten years, surpassing by 18% the rate of growth in non-Hispanic population.

Latino buying power increased by 270% in the area.

Far from unnoticed, this growth is bringing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars into the city economy. In fact, the purchasing power of Latinos was 18 billion dollars in 2009 and represented an increase of 270.2% since 1990, according to the American Immigration Council.

Moreover, 2,169 Latino-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $548.2 million and employed 3,936 people in 2002, the last year for which data is available.

Salvadorian and Mexicans from 25 to 34 years old
At this point, the reader will ask: Who are the Latinos in Washington D.C? We have analyzed their profile and arrived to the following conclusions:

  • Origin. With 16,611 residents, Salvadorians are the main Latino group in the area. They are followed by Mexicans, with 14,282 residents.
  • Age. Most of them are adults between 25 and 34 years, with an average age of 30.1 years old.
  • Sex. Male Latino population is slightly higher than female. In fact, 51.6% of Latinos in Washington D.C. are men.
  • Household. Latino families are made up of 3.5 members as average.


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Categories: Business, Demographics
Carlos Fernández Reig
About The Author - Carlos Fernández Reig
Carlos is an expert in TV and interactive media. He is graduated in Audiovisual Communications from University Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) and has worked as editor for top national Spanish TV channels, such as Telecinco and Antena 3. His personal interests include writing, fitness, and hanging out in the best cafés in Madrid. Contact him at

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