June 27, 2012

The 10 Largest Hispanic Origin Groups: Characteristics, Rankings, Top Counties

VII. Changes in the Characteristics of the Hispanic Population, 2000 to 2010

See Appendix figure A.2 for 2000-2010 details by Hispanic origin group.

About the American Community Survey Data

The statistical profiles of U.S. Hispanics in this report and the accompanying statistical profiles are based on the Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is the largest household survey in the United States, with a sample of about 3 million addresses. The data used come from 2010 ACS Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), representing a 1% sample of the U.S. population.

Like any survey, estimates from the ACS are subject to sampling error and (potentially) measurement error. Information on the ACS sampling strategy and associated error is available at http://www.census.gov/acs/www/methodology/methodology_main/. An example of measurement error is that citizenship rates for the foreign born are estimated to be overstated in the Decennial Census and other official surveys, such as the ACS (see Jeffrey Passel. “Growing Share of Immigrants Choosing Naturalization,” Pew Hispanic Center, Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2007)).

Finally, estimates from the ACS may differ from the Decennial Census or other Census Bureau surveys due to differences in methodology and data collection procedures (see, for example, http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/methodology/ASA_nelson.pdf, http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/laborfor/laborfactsheet092209.html and http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/datasources/factsheet.html).

  1. Based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the 2000 Census (5% IPUMS) and the 2010 American Community Survey (1% IPUMPS). For additional population changes 2000-2010, see Statistical Portrait of Hispanics in the United States, 2010.
  2. For 10-year changes, the differences were computed before rounding and may be slightly different than the rounded differences.