Bonus List

U.S. STATES WHERE THE HIGHEST (AND LOWEST) PERCENTAGE OF THEIR PEOPLE WHO WERE BORN IN A SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRY* CAME FROM MEXICO

Of people in the United States who were born in a Spanish-speaking country (including those born in Puerto Rico), 58.1% were born in Mexico. In the western United States, Mexicans make up a very large portion of the population coming from Spanish-speaking countries (in some states, more than 90%), yet they make up a low portion in most of the Northeastern states (where Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are common) and in Florida, where Cubans (and also Puerto Ricans and Dominicans) and people from other parts of Central and South America create a very diverse Spanish-speaking section of the population.

Highest % Born in a Spanish-Speaking Country* from Mexico:

STATE

1. New Mexico
2. Arizona
3. Idaho
4. Colorado
5. Oregon
6. Texas
7. Washington
8. Kansas
9. Oklahoma
10. Wyoming
HIGHEST % BORN IN A SPANISH-
SPEAKING COUNTRY FROM MEXICO
92.4
92.1
91.1
87.4
87.0
86.2
84.6
84.5
81.7
81.6

Lowest % Born in a Spanish-Speaking Country* from Mexico:

STATE

1. Massachusetts
2. Rhode Island
3. Connecticut
4. Vermont
5. New Jersey
6. New York
7. Florida
8. Maryland
9. Pennsylvania
10. Maine
LOWEST % BORN IN A SPANISH-
SPEAKING COUNTRY FROM MEXICO
3.3
4.7
8.0
9.6
10.2
10.3
10.7
14.1
14.2
14.4

If the District of Columbia were a state, it would rank #3 from the bottom with only 6.5% of its people born in a Spanish-speaking country being from Mexico.


* Includes Puerto Rico, since Spanish is the predominant language there.


Source of Data: 2000 U.S. Census.

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