“Hispanic” Just Doesn’t Mean Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican

Nor can we lump all Hispanics together; each culture has a unique voice and perspective. According to the 2010 Census, while Hudson County has an Hispanic population of 42%, only 3.5% are Mexican, 8.9% hail from Puerto Rico, and Cuban accounts for 4.5%. The other 25.7% are from elsewhere such as the Dominican Republic, and Central and South America. These latter three groups form what is known as the “New Latinos.” A timely report – Hispanics in the United States: Not Only Mexican – from Brown University provides an overview of this topic with charts and statistics to buttress its argument.(On page four of this report will be found population estimates of all Hispanic groups.) Another place to find a plethora of information is the highly-regarded Pew Hispanic Center, and one should not ignore the excellent work of the Migration Policy Institute.

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