Hispanics by the Numbers

Hispanics have become the largest minority group in the United States, surpassing others as the fastest-growing segment of the population. Here are some key statistics.

* The United States is the fifth largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world.

* Seventy percent of the Hispanic population resides in five different states: California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois.

* The average age for Hispanics is 24.8, nearly 15 years younger than the average age for the remainder of the U.S. population.

* There are more than 35 million Hispanics living in the U.S. as of the 2000 census calculations.

* Of the millions of Hispanics living in the U.S., the largest percentage (66 percent) come from Mexico. The rest are from Central and South America, Puerto Rico and Cuba.

* It is estimated that by the year 2050, nearly one-quarter of the nation's population will be Hispanic.