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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Missouri


The Mexican national holiday of Cinco de Mayo involves some of the largest celebrations in Missouri. MERIC has uncovered such facts as: What is the median age for those of Mexican ancestry living in Missouri? Which products does Missouri export the most of to Mexico? How many businesses do Mexican-Americans own in Missouri?


Population

145,652 
Number of Missourians who report Mexico as their country of origin, approximately 2.4% of the population in Missouri and over 70% of Missouri's Hispanic population.

35,919 
Number of Jackson County, MO residents who report Mexico as their country of origin, more than any other county in the state.

23.5 
Median age of Mexican-Americans in Missouri in 2011. Over one-quarter (29.8%) of the population in the state are in the 18-34 age bracket.

Exports

$1.8 Billion 
Amount Missouri exported to Mexico in 2012, ranking the country 2nd among the 233 international buyers of Missouri goods, trailing only Canada. This marked an increase from the previous year of $377 million, a change of 26.2 percent.

$483.7 Million 
Amount Missouri exported to Mexico in Food and Kindred Products, the highest of any industry in 2012.

Businesses and Workforce

3,335 
Number of businesses in Missouri owned by Mexican-Americans, totaling over $816.9 million in receipts and sales with 5,377 paid employees.

70.9 
Percent of Missouri's Mexican population 16 years and over in the civilian labor force, with 63.7 percent employed.

Sources: 
2007-2011 five year estimates American Community Survey

http://factfinder2.census.gov

WISER, 
www.wisertrade.org/ 

2007 Survey of Business Owners, 
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?fpt=table


 
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