The 10 Most Hispanic States In The United States For 2024

The most Hispanic/Latino states in the US are New Mexico and Texas for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Most Hispanic/Latino states in the United States research summary. We used Saturday Night Science to research the states with the highest percentage of Hispanic/Latino residents for 2024. The data comes from the American Community Survey 2018-2022 vintage, which breaks down race by origin.

  • The state with the highest percentage of Hispanic/Latino Americans is New Mexico. 49.78% of people in New Mexico are Hispanic.

  • The state with the lowest percentage of Hispanic/Latino Americans is West Virginia. 1.84% of people in West Virginia are Hispanic.

  • The state with the most Hispanic/Latino Americans is California. 15,617,930 people in California are Hispanic.

  • The state with the fewest Hispanic/Latino Americans is Vermont. 13,793 people in Vermont are Hispanic.

  • The United States has 61,755,866 Hispanic Americans and is 18.65% Hispanic.

  • The most Hispanic states in the United States are New Mexico, Texas, California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, and Illinois.

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The 10 States In America With The Largest Percentage Of Hispanic Population For 2024

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

Percent Hispanic By State In The United States Map

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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 2024.

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 The United States For 2024

1. New Mexico

New-Mexico|Nm, NM

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Population: 2,112,463
Hispanic Population: 1,051,626
Percent Hispanic: 49.8%
Percent Change: 15.1%
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Where’s the most Hispanic state in the US for 2024? It’s New Mexico. New Mexico is 49.8% hispanic, which is a 15.07% increase since 2010. Albuquerque is 50% Hispanic. Every city with a population of 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 relative to its state’s total population. Nearly 1 in 3 residents of New Mexico speak Spanish at home.

2. Texas

Texas|Tx, TX

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Population: 29,243,342
Hispanic Population: 11,665,280
Percent Hispanic: 39.9%
Percent Change: 30.8%
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The state of Texas is 39.9% Hispanic, which is 30.81% more Hispanic than it was in 2010. There are six 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.

3. California

California|Ca, CA

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Population: 39,356,104
Hispanic Population: 15,617,930
Percent Hispanic: 39.7%
Percent Change: 16.1%
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California is 39.7% 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, a 500-mile long agriculture-rich region stretching from Bakersfield to Redding.

4. Arizona

Arizona|Az, AZ

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Population: 7,172,282
Hispanic Population: 2,297,513
Percent Hispanic: 32.0%
Percent Change: 26.6%
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Arizona’s Hispanic population is 32.0%, which is a 26.61% 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.

5. Nevada

Nevada|Nv, NV

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Population: 3,104,817
Hispanic Population: 918,509
Percent Hispanic: 29.6%
Percent Change: 36.3%
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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 29.6%. 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 36.3% since 2010.

According to the Nevada Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of Nevada jobs are in the greater Las Vegas region due to the city’s tourism industry. Hispanics occupy 22% of jobs in the tourism industry. Hispanics occupy 27% of all construction industry jobs, the largest percentage of all job categories. Hispanics occupy 23% of all agriculture jobs.

6. Florida

Florida|Fl, FL

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Population: 21,634,529
Hispanic Population: 5,738,283
Percent Hispanic: 26.5%
Percent Change: 43.6%
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Our sixth most Hispanic state in America is Florida. In Florida, 26.5% of the population – or 1 in 4 residents, is Hispanic and growing. Florida is 43.62% more Hispanic than in 2010, making it the fastest-growing Hispanic state in the US. There are four cities in Miami Dade County with 90% or more Hispanic populations. 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.

7. Colorado

Colorado|Co, CO

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Population: 5,770,790
Hispanic Population: 1,273,762
Percent Hispanic: 22.1%
Percent Change: 29.5%
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Our next most Hispanic state in America is Colorado. In Colorado, 22.1% of the population is Hispanic. Colorado is 29.54% 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 25 isn’t white. According to an article in the Denver Post, the Hispanic population is changing Colorado’s entire culture and economy.

8. New Jersey

New-Jersey|Nj, NJ

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Population: 9,249,063
Hispanic Population: 1,963,423
Percent Hispanic: 21.2%
Percent Change: 33.7%
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In New Jersey, 21.2%, or 1 in 5 residents, is Hispanic. New Jersey is 33.73% more Hispanic than 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 Peru outside of… Peru. There are also a large number of Bolivians in Paterson.

9. New York

New-York|Ny, NY

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Population: 19,994,379
Hispanic Population: 3,895,714
Percent Hispanic: 19.5%
Percent Change: 18.5%
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Moving on, we come to our next most Hispanic state in America, New York. In New York, there are 3,895,714 Hispanics, making up 19.5% of the New York population. New York state is 18.45% 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.

In New York, in particular, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans make up a large percentage of the Hispanic population. 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%.

10. Illinois

Illinois|Il, IL

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Population: 12,757,634
Hispanic Population: 2,275,704
Percent Hispanic: 17.8%
Percent Change: 17.3%
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Here in Illinois, the Hispanic population is 17.8%, or one in every 6 Illinois residents. This statistic represents a 17.31% increase in the last ten 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.

Methodology: How We Determined The Most Hispanic States in The US

When we analyze the racial demographics of states, we look at statistics. In particular, we can look to the recently released 2018-2022 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. We updated this article for 2024. This article is our tenth time ranking the most Hispanic states in America.

The “least Hispanic” state according to the data? That would be West Virginia, which is only 1.84% Hispanic as of the latest data. Wow.

Summary: The States With The Largest Hispanic Populations in the US

As the demographics change in New Mexico and in the other states we discussed today, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the American population adjusts. Researchers have noted that native-born Hispanics are assimilating more into the traditional American people and are slowly losing their native identity with each new generation.

The most Hispanic states in the United States are New Mexico, Texas, California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, and Illinois.

By the year 2050, it’s expected the Hispanic population will be a quarter of the total population in the United States.

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

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Most Hispanic States In The United States For 2024

Rank State Population Hispanic Population % Hispanic
1 New Mexico 2,112,463 1,051,626 49.8%
2 Texas 29,243,342 11,665,280 39.9%
3 California 39,356,104 15,617,930 39.7%
4 Arizona 7,172,282 2,297,513 32.0%
5 Nevada 3,104,817 918,509 29.6%
6 Florida 21,634,529 5,738,283 26.5%
7 Colorado 5,770,790 1,273,762 22.1%
8 New Jersey 9,249,063 1,963,423 21.2%
9 New York 19,994,379 3,895,714 19.5%
10 Illinois 12,757,634 2,275,704 17.8%
11 Connecticut 3,611,317 627,408 17.4%
12 Rhode Island 1,094,250 183,196 16.7%
13 Utah 3,283,809 480,843 14.6%
14 Oregon 4,229,374 583,066 13.8%
15 Washington 7,688,549 1,037,153 13.5%
16 Idaho 1,854,109 242,236 13.1%
17 Kansas 2,935,922 369,970 12.6%
18 Massachusetts 6,984,205 879,296 12.6%
19 Nebraska 1,958,939 230,769 11.8%
20 Oklahoma 3,970,497 458,686 11.6%
21 Hawaii 1,450,589 159,023 11.0%
22 Maryland 6,161,707 672,905 10.9%
23 Wyoming 577,929 60,518 10.5%
24 Georgia 10,722,325 1,078,457 10.1%
25 North Carolina 10,470,214 1,051,008 10.0%
26 Virginia 8,624,511 865,015 10.0%
27 Delaware 993,635 98,696 9.9%
28 Pennsylvania 12,989,208 1,055,108 8.1%
29 Arkansas 3,018,669 243,321 8.1%
30 Indiana 6,784,403 510,984 7.5%
31 Alaska 734,821 54,890 7.5%
32 Wisconsin 5,882,128 430,976 7.3%
33 Iowa 3,188,836 208,637 6.5%
34 South Carolina 5,142,750 318,875 6.2%
35 Tennessee 6,923,772 412,622 6.0%
36 Minnesota 5,695,292 327,049 5.7%
37 Louisiana 4,640,546 255,584 5.5%
38 Michigan 10,057,921 550,427 5.5%
39 Alabama 5,028,092 232,407 4.6%
40 Missouri 6,154,422 280,078 4.6%
41 South Dakota 890,342 39,197 4.4%
42 North Dakota 776,874 33,189 4.3%
43 New Hampshire 1,379,610 58,654 4.3%
44 Montana 1,091,840 45,881 4.2%
45 Ohio 11,774,683 494,625 4.2%
46 Kentucky 4,502,935 180,481 4.0%
47 Mississippi 2,958,846 97,123 3.3%
48 Vermont 643,816 13,793 2.1%
49 Maine 1,366,949 25,898 1.9%
50 West Virginia 1,792,967 32,910 1.8%

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