By: Mallory Bateman
Hispanic Heritage month runs from September 15th to October 15th. To celebrate, here are a few data points about Utah’s Hispanic or Latino population from the latest release from the American Community Survey. The Census Bureau definition of Hispanic or Latino origin includes people whose origins are from Spanish-speaking regions. With over 434,000 individuals or 14 percent of the total state population in 2017, Utah’s Hispanic or Latino population is the largest minority group.
Nationally, there were almost 59 million people who identify as Hispanic or Latino. This equates to 18 percent of the total U.S. population. Utah’s share of Hispanic or Latino population is 13th largest in the nation. New Mexico holds the number one spot, with 49 percent of the population identifying as Hispanic or Latino. California has the largest overall population of Hispanic or Latino residents, with over 15 million. More information about the nation as a whole can be found here.
Salt Lake County has the largest Hispanic or Latino population of any county, with over 200,000 people or 18 percent of the population. West Valley City has the largest Hispanic or Latino population, at 49,680 people or 36 percent of the city population. This population plays a significant role in West Valley’s shift to a minority-majority populated city.
The state’s Hispanic or Latino population is not a monolithic group. One way to understand the diversity is to look at regions of origin, including Mexico, Latin America, Central America, and those who identify with Spain or other areas. Of this population, the majority (72 percent) identified as Mexican. South American made up 8