March 14, 2007

Latinos Online

II. Latinos in the U.S.

“Latino” and “Hispanic” — the two terms are used interchangeably throughout the report and refer to adults, age 18 and older.

Over the last decade, the internet has become woven into American life, just at the time that Hispanics have become the fastest growing component of the U.S. population. By working in partnership, the Pew Hispanic Center and Pew Internet Project provide a snapshot of the intersection of these two trends – the Latino internet user population.

To begin, we offer a summary view of the Latino population in the United States.

The Hispanic population is younger and less educated than the non-Hispanic population

As it has increased in numbers, the U.S. Latino population has become more diverse

Sixty percent of Latino adults were born outside the U.S. Among these immigrants, about two-thirds have lived in the country for 11 years or more. The remaining third of foreign-born Latinos are evenly split between those who have been in the States for five years or less and those who have been here for 6 to 10 years. About one-third of Hispanic immigrants are citizens of the U.S.

One-quarter of Latino adults are second-generation Americans, meaning they were born in the U.S. but at least one of their parents was born outside of the U.S. Sixteen percent of Latino adults are third-generation Americans, meaning they were born in the U.S. and both parents were born in the U.S. While Mexican-origin persons comprise the majority of Latinos in the U.S., there are ever-growing numbers of Latinos from other countries who bring their own traditions and characteristics.

  1. Statistical Abstract of the U.S.: 2007, page 15; “From 200 to 300 Million: The Numbers Behind Population Growth” (Pew Hispanic Center, October 2006); “Hispanics at Mid-Decade” (Pew Hispanic Center, September 2006); “Hispanic Trends: A People in Motion” (Pew Hispanic Center, January 2005).
  2. Except where noted, data in this report is based on the following surveys: Pew Hispanic Center survey, June- October 2006. N=6,016. Pew Internet & American Life Project survey, August 2006. N=2,928 (whites=2,314; blacks=272). For more details on the Hispanic survey, please see the Methodology section.
  3. Note: all references to “whites,” “African Americans” or “blacks” include only non-Hispanics.