Visualizing the Hispanic population of the U.S. in 2016

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

The percentage of America’s Hispanic population has been steadily increasing in the recent years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 population estimates, it’s at 17.8 percent now, up from 16.4 percent six years ago.

Here’s an interactive map showing the percentage of Hispanic population by state and county. Note that you can click on any state to zoom in.

Percentage of Hispanic population by state/county, 2016

New Mexico tops the list with its 48.5 percent Hispanic population, while Texas and California are both around 39 percent. Of course, the numbers vary significantly within the states. In California, for example, they range between 7 percent (Trinity County) and 84 percent (Imperial County).

We should say one thing about the methodology, however. The important thing about the Census Bureau’s population estimates is that they are — as a matter of fact — only estimates. Yes, they take into account as much available data as possible. But these estimates are still constructed using a top-down approach. That means that the numbers showing any changes in the racial and ethnic makeup of the population are calculated nationwide first, and then they are adjusted using data available on a more local level.

Estimates are still good enough for any single geography. But you just cannot compare the numbers among multiple states or counties.

It does make sense to use the most recent estimates available though. Let’s see how the percentage of the Hispanic population changes between different age groups.

Percentage of Hispanic population by sex and age group, 2016

The immediate observation is that the number decreases with age. So the nationwide percentage will most likely continue to increase in the foreseeable future due to natural causes.

We can also attribute the difference between male and female percentages in the chart to the immigration. Indeed, we usually associate it with the age groups where the difference is the most significant.


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About Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Andrey Kamenov is a data scientist working for Advameg Inc. His background includes teaching statistics, stochastic processes and financial mathematics in Moscow State University and working for a hedge fund. His academic interests range from statistical data analysis to optimal stopping theory. Andrey also enjoys his hobbies of photography, reading and powerlifting.

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5 thoughts on “Visualizing the Hispanic population of the U.S. in 2016”

    1. SERIOUSLY?? Nearly every inch of space on the planet has been “taken” by one group from another, but I’ve noticed that the only time people want to “re-claim” a space is after it’s been massively improved, thriving, and made economically viable by the current occupants.

      I was born in Southern California, and lived there for nearly 5 decades, until I couldn’t take essentially living in Mexico, and where I would be forced to learn Spanish in order to survive, instead of their learning English, so I moved to England a few years ago. California has been turning into Mexico for decades, so that the last few semi-affordable areas are now crime-ridden, filthy barrios; most Mexicans just drag their “culture” with them, —which means completely trashing your living space, and doing anything to earn the American dollar without putting anything back into the economy, just consume, consume, consume, creating a huge burden on the state welfare by using hospital ER wards if they have a cold, spawning like salmon so the state schools can feed their illiterate offspring—have zero intentions of assimilation, feel entitled, for exactly the pathetic rhetoric you’ve spouted. Everything they touch turns to trash, and they care nothing for state laws, even if they could read them. I say let them have it and destroy it, just like their own garbage dump of a country!

      It’s always disheartening to see these cultures “take back” “their” spaces and drive them into the ground…look at South Africa, India, Jamaica, etc etc etc. I’m perfectly happy to return to my family’s country of origin, however there’s no way to split myself between a Native American nation, England, Germany & Denmark, to name a few. Most of us are hybrids created by people moving freely between land masses, and look at us now…a few liveable countries struggling to contain people from all of the corrupt and broken places where people breed like mice, regardless of whether or not they can afford it.

      It’s too late for a stupid “wall”, for God’s sake…just let them have and hopefully it’ll sink into the Pacific.

    2. So what if the Spaniards wanted it back since it was Spain`s first Mexico was New Spain before the revolution. Then the hundreds of different indian tribes? smh….Its called being conquered. Its happened since the world was created.

  1. What the moronic people who read into this crap is that over half the Hispanics in the US are white/Caucasion. Hispanic is a ethnicity not a race. Hispanic can be any race. I cant believe they keep shoving this kind of propaganda down our throats

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