September 15, 2015

Hispanics of Nicaraguan Origin in the United States, 2013

Statistical Profile

Nicaraguan-Origin Population in the U.S., 1990-2013An estimated 381,000 Hispanics of Nicaraguan origin resided in the United States in 2013, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Nicaraguans in this statistical profile are people who self-identified as Hispanics of Nicaraguan origin; this means either they themselves are Nicaraguan immigrants or they trace their family ancestry to Nicaragua.

Nicaraguans are the 12th-largest population of Hispanic origin living in the United States, accounting for 0.7% of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2013. Since 1990, the Nicaraguan-origin population nearly doubled, growing from 203,000 to 381,000 over the period. At the same time, the foreign-born population of Nicaraguan origin living in the U.S. grew by 35%, up from 164,000 in 1990 to 222,000 in 2013. In comparison, Mexicans, the nation’s largest Hispanic origin group, constituted 34.6 million, or 64.1%, of the Hispanic population in 2013.1

This statistical profile compares the demographic, income and economic characteristics of the Nicaraguan population with the characteristics of all Hispanics and the U.S. population overall. It is based on Pew Research Center tabulations of the 2013 American Community Survey. Key facts include:

U.S. Population, by Ethnicity and Nicaraguan Origin, 2013 Household Characteristics, by Ethnicity and Nicaraguan Origin, 2013 Employment Characteristics, by Ethnicity and Nicaraguan Origin, 2013
  1. Percentages are computed before numbers are rounded.
  2. This includes Nicaraguans ages 5 and older who speak only English at home or, if they speak a non-English language at home, indicate they can speak English “very well.”