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Missouri Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15th to October 15th

Hispanic CelebrationIn 1988, Congress expanded what was once a week-long observance to a month-long (September 15 to October 15) celebration of traditions and cultures that trace back to Spain, Mexico and Spanish speaking South American countries. Approximately 189,700 Hispanics call Missouri home and will be celebrating their Hispanic descent.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.


Nationally, the population of Hispanics was estimated to be 46.9 million, or 15.4 percent of the nation's population, making Hispanics the largest ethnic or race minority in the United States.  

As of July 1, 2008, approximately 189,700 of Hispanic descent called Missouri home. Those of Hispanic origin make up 16.1 percent of the population of Sullivan County in the state. McDonald County followed with slightly less at 13.2 percent. Other top counties included Barry (8.4%), Pulaski (7.9%), Jackson (7.9%) and Saline (7.7%).

 2008 Hispanic Percent Population Map of Missouri

2008 Top 15 Missouri Counties
Hispanic Population Percentage
County Total Population Hispanic Population Hispanic % of Total County Pop
Sullivan County 6,629 1,064 16.1%
McDonald County 22,731 3,006 13.2%
Barry County 36,301 3,042 8.4%
Pulaski County 44,546 3,531 7.9%
Jackson County 668,417 52,696 7.9%
Saline County 22,505 1,741 7.7%
Pettis County 41,006 2,938 7.2%
Jasper County 116,813 6,953 6.0%
Lawrence County 37,757 2,036 5.4%
Clay County 215,707 10,988 5.1%
Dunklin County 31,454 1,392 4.4%
Platte County 85,896 3,680 4.3%
Taney County 47,023 1,758 3.7%
Moniteau County 15,121 564 3.7%
Buchanan County 89,408 3,301 3.7%

 

Jackson County had the largest Hispanic population in the state with an estimated total of 52,696. St. Louis County's Hispanic population was the second largest, estimated at 22,729. Other top counties included Clay (10,988), St. Louis City (10,286) and St. Charles (8,288).

2008 Top 15 Missouri Counties
Hispanic Population 
County Hispanic Population
Jackson County 52,696
St. Louis County 22,729
Clay County 10,988
St. Louis City 10,286
St. Charles County 8,288
Greene County 7,140
Jasper County 6,953
Boone County 3,954
Platte County 3,680
Cass County 3,532
Pulaski County 3,531
Buchanan County 3,301
Jefferson County 3,272
Barry County 3,042
McDonald County 3,006

2008 Total Hispanic Population Missouri Map

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



 
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