Most Hispanic States In America For 2020

We used the most recent data to determine the states with the largest percentage of Hispanic residents.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most Hispanic states in America.

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This article is about the most Hispanic States in America.

One thing we need to establish is – do we use the term hispanics or latinos? There’s a difference. A majority of hispanic or latinos prefer the term hispanic, which refers to people of Spanish-speaking origin or ancestry. “Latino” is more frequently used to refer generally to anyone of Latin America.

For this discussion, since the Census classifies race using the term ‘hispanic’, that’s the term we’re going to use today.

The Hispanic Population has grown in America, and, since the early 2000s, hispanic growth outpaced that of black americans, as hispanics become the largest minority in the usa. Currently, Hispanics make up about 16.3% of the American population, or about 1 in every 6 residents.

Of course, before America was… America, much of this content was occupied by Native Americans and, of course, central and south american native populations – many of which are technically latino, but didn’t speak spanish because the spanish language was introduced to the continent by Christopher Columbus, who was… from Spain.

Estimates vary, but, most scholars agree there were between 2 and 3 million native individuals here before Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ America, and brought white people to North America for the first time. For what it’s worth.

Here are the top 10 states in America by percentage of Hispanics for 2020:

  1. New Mexico (Photos)
  2. Texas (Photos)
  3. California (Photos)
  4. Arizona (Photos)
  5. Nevada (Photos)
  6. Florida (Photos)
  7. Colorado (Photos)
  8. New Jersey (Photos)
  9. New York (Photos)
  10. Illinois (Photos)

In today’s article, we’re going to talk about some hispanic history and look at which states have the highest hispanic populations. There are very few personal opinions in this report. Most are facts.

It is also a fact that Mexican food is the best food in the country, especially the burritos at Alberto’s, a chain of mom and pop style mexican restaurants in the greater LA area.

You’ll also find the most Hispanic city in America in California – East Los Angeles. What state has the largest percentage of its population that is Hispanic? New Mexico ranks as the most hispanic state for 2020.

Okay, so, let’s begin our report on the most hispanic states in America. Or, if you’re interested in reading something else, check out:

The 10 Most Hispanic/Latino States In America For 2020

1. New Mexico

New-Mexico|Nm, NM

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,092,434
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 48.5%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 45.4%
Percent Change: 11.1%
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Where’s the first most hispanic state in the US for 2020? It’s New Mexico. New Mexico is 48.5% hispanic, which is a 11.14% increase since 2010. Albuquerque is 50% hispanic. Every city with a population over 5,000 residents is at least a quarter hispanic here.

While California has by far the highest number of hispanics in America, New Mexico has the nation’s largest percentage of hispanic residents in relation to its states total population (half of it). And nearly 1 in 3 residents of New Mexico speaks Spanish at home.

Spanish settlers first came into New Mexico in 1598, and for a long time, New Mexico was under Spanish and Mexican control until the 1848. Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta was born in Dawson, New Mexico.

Review Of by Chris Maestas

I live in New Mexico and honestly you described a city. Albuquerque is where majority of the population is and where 1/2 the crime happens. Most places are small towns where not much goes on. And New Mexico is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole country. Lots of Volcanoes. Lates, mountains. Also some of the best food someone could ever have. Except it sounds like you wouldn’t be able to handle even the red chili lol

2. Texas

Texas|Tx, TX

Population: 27,885,195
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 39.2%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 36.7%
Percent Change: 22.5%
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Our most hispanic state in America brings us to Texas. The state of texas is 39.2% hispanic, which is 22.47% more hispanic than it was in 2010. There are 6 cities along the Texas/Mexico border where the hispanic population is effectively 100%, including Hidalgo, Texas. Houston is 44% hispanic, Dallas is 42% hispanic, and El Paso is 80% hispanic. According to the census, in Texas, Hispanics accounted for nearly half of all births.

Of course, while California has its style of burritos, Texas has its version of Mexican food, called Tex Mex, which, while popular among Texans, is far less delicious.

Singer Selena Quintanilla was born in Lake Jackson, Texas. Actress Eva Longoria was born in Corpus Christi. Texas senator Ted Cruz was born in… Canada?

Review Of by Angelfish Of Texas  

Another reason I live in the greatest state TEXAS surprised oklahoma was number 6 that state needs Jesus 65mph speed limits I mean come on y’all ha and i know d**n well some yank states has to be awful to their yanks!

3. California

California|Ca, CA

Population: 39,148,760
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 38.9%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 36.7%
Percent Change: 13.1%
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California is 38.9% hispanic. There are 14 cities in California with hispanic populations greater than 95%, and five where the population is effectively 99% hispanic. A large number of hispanic residents in California live along the US Mexico border, in Southern California in general, and along the central valley, an 500-mile long agriculture rich region stretching from Bakersfield to Redding.

Many Southern California residents celebrate their mexican heritage by playing mariachi music, as well as Ranchera, Norteno, and Tejano. These are all mexico’s top musical styles. Mexican food is a big deal in California. It’s home to Del Taco, possibly the world’s best Americanized mexican food chain. It’s also common knowledge that the fish tacos in San Diego are far less tasty than the burritos in San Bernardino.

Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya was born in East LA – America’s most hispanic city. Famous YouTuber Nick Johnson was born in Fontana. Actress Cameron Diaz was born in San Diego. Singer Jenni Rivera was born in Los Angeles.

4. Arizona

Arizona|Az, AZ

Population: 6,946,685
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 31.1%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 29.0%
Percent Change: 19.2%
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Arizona’s hispanic population is 31.1%, which is a 19.21% increase since 2010. The most hispanic cities in Arizona include Somerton, San Luis, and Nogales which all have hispanic populations over 96%. Phoenix has a 43% hispanic population.

History: Arizona was thinly colonized by Mexico in the 1840s, with little protection from much larger Indian population. The U.S. won the Mexican–American War (1846–1848) and in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848), Mexico ceded to the U.S. a large land area, comprising parts of 10 states, including present day Arizona. So, Arizona used to be Mexico back in the day. And while most of New York City’s hispanic population is Puerto Rican, and New Jersey has a large population of Peruvians, and Florida has a large number of Cubans, Arizona’s hispanic population is mostly… Mexican.

In 2003, for the first time, there were slightly more births to Hispanics in Arizona than births to non-Hispanic whites. But then the trend reversed in 2011, where hispanic births declined. Lynda Carter aka Linda Jean Córdova Carter, was born in Phoenix. She was best known for portraying Wonder Woman. Labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma.

Review Of by Tiger H1

really i live in arizona and its peaseful here and the schools dont s**k out if all the scools i went to more then gwlf the school got a and b is most classes the police rarely do anything except for pulling people over all the neoghborhoods are nice and clean and everyone here are nice people except for one d******d at school

5. Nevada

Nevada|Nv, NV

Population: 2,922,849
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 28.5%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 25.6%
Percent Change: 23.4%
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Moving on, we come to our fifth most hispanic state in America, Nevada. In Nevada, the hispanic population is nearly 4% higher than in Florida, at 28.5%. North Las Vegas is the most hispanic city in Nevada, at 40%. In Las Vegas, 1 in 3 residents is Hispanic. Nevada’s hispanic population has increased 23.4% since 2010.

According to the Nevada bureau of labor statistics, a significant majority of Nevada jobs are in the greater Las Vegas region, due to the city’s tourism industry. 22% of jobs in the tourism industry are occupied by hispanics. 27% of all construction industry jobs are occupied by hispanics, the largest percentage of all job catergories. 23% of all agriculture jobs are occupied by hispanics.

Review Of by Granny Q

a bit misleading on nevada. i lived in vegas for most of my life. you don’t have to pay a state tax, but you do have to pay federal income tax. i have, since leaving there, lived all over the country and still i long to return to vegas, where i feel at ease. my nightmare places are redlodge, montana, ferriday, louisiana, and belton, texas.

6. Florida

Florida|Fl, FL

Population: 20,598,139
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 25.2%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 21.6%
Percent Change: 29.8%
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Our sixth most Hispanic state in America is Florida. In Florida, 25.2% of the population – or 1 in 4 residents, is Hispanic, and growing. In fact, Florida is 29.77% more hispanic than it was in 2010, making it the fastest growing hispanic state in the US. There are 4 cities in Miami Dade county with hispanic populations of 90% or more. Miami is 72% hispanic.

In New York City, the majority of the hispanic population is Puerto Rican, but that only comprises 10 percent of New York City’s total population. In Miami, 54% of the city is Cuban. About 13 percent of Miami-Dade’s Latinos are from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and 32 percent are from other Central and South American countries such as Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras and Brazil.

66 percent of Miami’s Latinos are foreign born, a very high number.

Being so close to Cuba, Florida has always been the main destination for people fleeing Cuba, primarily for economic and political reasons. Many fled Cuba due to communist dictator Fidel Castro’s policies, and they continue to do so today. As such, about 2,000 cubans are captured trying to enter the US every year. The US has capped the number of legal cuban citizens to join its citizenship at 20,000 per year.

Famous Florida natives include Singer Gloria Estefan, Florida senator Marco Rubio, and Dora, an explorer.

Review Of by Endie

I live in Florida so I’m used to the hot weather, I literally used to wear lots of sweaters and jackets when it was hot outside so elementary schools like mine banned them in spring

7. Colorado

Colorado|Co, CO

Population: 5,531,141
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 21.4%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 20.1%
Percent Change: 20.5%
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Our next most hispanic state in America is Colorado. In Colorado, 21.4% of the population is Hispanic. Colorado is 20.49% more hispanic as a state, than it was in 2010.

North Denver suburb Federal Heights is the most hispanic city in the state at 60%. Pueblo is 52% hispanic. 1 in 3 residents in Denver, Colorado’s largest city, is hispanic. 40% of Colorado’s population under the age of 25 isn’t white. According to an article in the Denver Post, the hispanic population is changing Colorado’s entire culture and economy. In many cases, rural counties in Colorado were seeing population declines, closed school districts and businesses. But the hispanic population’s growth has slowed those trends.

Apparently, Denver is home to the best Mexican dish in the US. It’s called the Mexican Hamburger, and you can get it at a place called Chubby’s. Mexican food is somewhat of a favorite among just about every single person in America. In fact, when polled as to which food they liked best, 97% of people said mexican food.(97 mexican 2 % asian, .7% cookie crisp cereal, .2% Mr T Cereal, .1% other.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Hispanic community continues to impact the culture and economy of Colorado. The US Census did a report, determining that Colorado’s hispanics as a whole are much younger than the rest of the state, less educated, less wealthy, and are experiencing a longer life expectancy than their fellow Coloradoans.

Review Of by ashdoesmc

I live in Colorado. We have the Broncos and JstuStudios. Stereotypes in a nutshell

8. New Jersey

New-Jersey|Nj, NJ

Population: 8,881,845
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 19.9%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 16.8%
Percent Change: 20.4%
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In New Jersey, 19.9%, or 1 in 5 residents is, Hispanic. New Jersey is 20.42% more hispanic than it was in 2010, the second biggest gain of any other state on this list.

The city of Perth Amboy, about 20 miles south of Newark, has the most hispanics in New Jersey, at 82%. Union City, just across the Lincoln Tunnel from Manhattan, is 80% hispanic. Camden is 49% Hispanic, and Newark is 37% hispanic.

The northern part of Hudson County is nicknamed “Havana on the Hudson” for the large number of Cuban exiles and émigrés living there. Paterson, which is 60% hispanic, is home to Little Lima, a Peruvian enclave in Downtown. Paterson, is considered by many to be the capital of the Peru outside of… Peru. There are also a large number of Bolivians in Paterson as well.

Review Of by Skyris

I lived in New Jersey. You didn’t mention Trenton/Hamilton. Those are two of the least safe cities in the whole state, I know from experience.

I lived in the town of Princeton, probably one of the best towns in the state, though. I’d seriously suggest living there, it’s safe and has great schools. Just don’t live in Trenton/Hamilton, Camden, or Newark.

9. New York

New-York|Ny, NY

Population: 19,618,453
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 18.9%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 17.1%
Percent Change: 12.7%
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Moving on, we come to our next most hispanic state in America, New York. In New York, there are 3705588 Hispanics, making up 18.9% of the New York population. New York state is 12.67% more hispanic since 2010.

Haverstraw, a town 45 miles north of New York City, is the state’s most hispanic, with a Hispanic population of 69%. New York City is 28% hispanic. How Latin is Manhattan? 17%. In comparison, East Los Angeles, California is America’s most hispanic city, at 97%. Of the nation’s large metro areas with the highest hispanic populations, only Hialeah and Miami Florida are in a non-border state.

Of America’a largest metro areas, cities with the lowest percentage of Hispanic residents are Jackson Mississippi 1.2% hispanic, Warren Michigan at 2.1% and Akron Ohio at 2.3%. Of course, there are many cities in America with a 0% hispanic population. These small towns must drive far higher than average to purchase Mexican food.

In New York, in particular, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans make up a large percentage of the hispanic population. In fact, The Puerto Rican population of New York City is the largest outside Puerto Rico. The hispanic breakdown of New York City is 9.4% Puerto Rican”, 3.6%” Mexican” .5% “Cuban” and all other hispanic groups make up 14.0%.

Actress Rosario Dawson, of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, was born in New York. Singer Christina Aguilera was born in NYC as well.

Review Of by HomeSnacks User

A friend and I visited another friend who lived in Yonkers, NY. We visited for seven days. From the time we stepped off the airplane – we took off. First of all, we went to Harlem, we saw marqees of famous performers who were in town or who were going to be in town. We waved at handsome guys in beautiful cars. We went to the beach and took pictures on big huge boulders while the waves crashed against them, we walked in the sand. We sat on the bench and people watch. I saw sea creatures in captivity – some born in captivity and was sad for a moment. We ate lunch at Tavern on the Green and I sat inside my first limousine and it was so cool. We took pictures with the handsome waiters of Tavern on the Green – they were so accommodating – one of the waiter even said of us as patrons, “Its getting better all the time”. He seemed kind of stuffy at first – so this was really cool. We saw the Broadway production of – I can’t think of the name of the play but the guy was burned and he wore a mask,…Phantom Of The Opera. It was a GREAT TRIP – I will Never forget it.

EVERYTHING – Harlem, The Play, The Beach, Tavern on the Green – Communing with the Family.

10. Illinois

Illinois|Il, IL

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,821,497
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Percent Hispanic: 17.0%
Percent Hispanic 2010: 15.2%
Percent Change: 12.1%
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We’re going to begin our report on the most hispanic states in America with….Illinois. Here in Illinois, the hispanic population is 17.0%, or one in every 6 Illinois residents. This is a 12.11% increase in the last 10 years. For perspective, the least hispanic state is West Virginia, where the hispanic population is 1.4%. That means there are 12 times as many Hispanics in Illinois as in West Virginia.

Cicero, a west Chicago suburb of 83,000 residents, is 89% hispanic – the largest hispanic population in Illinois.

In 2017, Hispanics became the biggest minority in Chicago, passing up the black population. Nearly 1 in 3 residents of Chicago is Hispanic. The driving force behind the Hispanic growth are births and not immigration, a study found. Chicago also houses the second largest population of Mexican-born immigrants in the U.S, behind Los Angeles. The African-American population has declined considerably in the city, down about 250,000 residents since 2000, a loss attributed to a lack of jobs and opportunities in Chicago, street violence, and peaking taxes.

According to Yelp, the most popular Mexican restaurant in Chicago is Edgewater Tacos, on Broadway. One reviewer said the Horchata is perfect – not too sweet.

How We Determined The Most Hispanic States in The US

When we analyze what it’s like to live in a certain place, we simply look at statistics. In particular, we can look to the recently released 2014-20187 American Community Survey for a detailed breakdown of race by state.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002 which has the breakdown of people by Hispanic/latino and race.

We looked at the percentage of the population of each state that identified as Hispanic/latino.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 50 in terms of that percentage with the state having the highest overall percentage being named the “State In America with the Largest Hispanic population” — New Mexico. You can download the data here.

The “least Hispanic” state according to the data? That would be West Virginia which is only 1.4% Hispanic as of the latest data. Wow.

Here’s a look at the top ten states with the largest Hispanic population in America.

There You Have It — The States With The Largest Hispanic Populations in the US

Now, as the demographics continue to change in New Mexico, and in the other states we talked about today, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the American population adjusts. Researchers have noted that native born hispanics are becoming more assimilated to the traditional American population, and are slowly losing their native identity, with each new generation.

By the year 2050, it’s expected the hispanic population will be a quarter of the total population in America.

Hopefully you’ve learned a lot in this book report, and have a newfound appreciation for the hispanic culture.

If you’re wondering, these are the states with the least number of hispanics in America:

  1. West Virginia
  2. Maine
  3. Vermont

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic States In America For 2020

Rank State % Hispanic
1 New Mexico 48.5%
2 Texas 39.2%
3 California 38.9%
4 Arizona 31.1%
5 Nevada 28.5%
6 Florida 25.2%
7 Colorado 21.4%
8 New Jersey 19.9%
9 New York 18.9%
10 Illinois 17.0%
11 Connecticut 15.7%
12 Rhode Island 15.0%
13 Utah 13.9%
14 Oregon 12.8%
15 Washington 12.5%
16 Idaho 12.4%
17 Kansas 11.7%
18 Massachusetts 11.6%
19 Nebraska 10.7%
20 Hawaii 10.4%
21 Oklahoma 10.4%
22 Maryland 9.8%
23 Wyoming 9.8%
24 Georgia 9.4%
25 North Carolina 9.2%
26 Virginia 9.2%
27 Delaware 9.1%
28 Arkansas 7.3%
29 Pennsylvania 7.1%
30 Alaska 6.9%
31 Indiana 6.8%
32 Wisconsin 6.7%
33 Iowa 5.9%
34 South Carolina 5.6%
35 Tennessee 5.3%
36 Minnesota 5.3%
37 Louisiana 5.0%
38 Michigan 5.0%
39 Alabama 4.2%
40 Missouri 4.1%
41 Montana 3.7%
42 Ohio 3.7%
43 South Dakota 3.7%
44 New Hampshire 3.6%
45 Kentucky 3.6%
46 North Dakota 3.5%
47 Mississippi 3.0%
48 Vermont 1.9%
49 Maine 1.6%
50 West Virginia 1.5%

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About Nick Johnson

Nick has been working and writing about real estate for almost ten years. He's written about everything from the best places to live to the most boring places to live.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 140,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

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