America’s Hispanic Children: Gaining Ground, Looking Forward

Posted by Child Trends on October 06, 2014

America’s Hispanic Children:  Gaining Ground, Looking Forward

Of the 74 million children in the United States today, 17.5 million are Hispanic. They are the largest racial/ethnic minority group of children, and also the fastest-growing. Today, one U.S. child in four is Hispanic; by 2050, it will be more than one in three, about equal to the proportion who will be non-Hispanic white. Hispanic children represent a significant portion of tomorrow’s workforce and taxpayers—our shared future.

Virtually all of America’s Latino children—more than 90 percent in 2013—are U.S.-born citizens. More than 40 percent have roots in this country that extend beyond their parents’ generation. While the majority (70 percent) have family origins in Mexico, the heritage of America’s Latino children also takes in Puerto Rico (a U.S. territory), Caribbean countries, countries in Central and South America, and Europe.

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