About the Center
Chronicling Latinos’ diverse experiences in a changing America
Illuminating Hispanic Lives
Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation. The Center does not take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a public charity based in Philadelphia.
Our Research Focus
The Pew Hispanic Center conducts and commissions studies on a wide range of topics with the aim of presenting research that at once meets the most rigorous scientific standards and is accessible to the interested public. The Center also regularly conducts public opinion surveys that aim to illuminate Latino views on a range of social matters and public policy issues.
- Criminal Justice – Latinos and the criminal justice system.
- Demography – Patterns of Latino population growth, countries of origin, regional patterns of settlement and related factors.
- Economics and Personal Finances – Trends in income, poverty, homeownership, wealth and remittances with an emphasis on the impact of business cycles.
- Education – School enrollment and educational attainment among Latinos.
- Health Care – Public opinion and demographic data on Latinos and health care.
- Hispanic/Latino Identity – Latinos’ opinions on race, identity and public policy issues as well as trends in language use and religious identification.
- Immigration – The size and characteristics of the unauthorized population, immigration trends and public attitudes towards immigrants and immigration policy.
- Political Attitudes and Values – Latino voter registration and participation, party affiliation and voting patterns. Fact sheets on the characteristics of Latino eligible voters at the state level.
- Technology Adoption – Technology use and its adoption among Latinos.
- Teens and Youth – The values, attitudes, experiences and self-identity of Latino teens and youth.
- Work and Employment – Employment trends for Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups by nativity, generation, country of origin, gender, occupation and industry.
Pew Hispanic Center Staff
Rakesh Kochhar, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Research
Mark Hugo Lopez, Ph.D.
Richard Fry, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Jeffrey S. Passel, Ph.D.
Gretchen Livingston, Ph.D.