September 19, 2012

Characteristics of the 60 Largest Metropolitan Areas by Hispanic Population

II. Demographics

Hispanic Origin4



  1. Hispanic origin is based on self-described family ancestry or place of birth in response to a question on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Ancestry is not necessarily the same as the place of birth of the respondent, nor is it indicative of immigrant or citizenship status. For example a U.S. citizen born in Los Angeles of Mexican immigrant parents or grandparents may (or may not) identify his or her Hispanic origin as Mexico. Likewise, some immigrants born in Mexico may identify another country as their origin depending on the place of birth of their ancestors.
  2. The other seven metro areas where the Hispanic population is more than 95% Mexican origin are: Visalia-Tulare-Porterville, Calif. (97%); Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito, Texas (96%); Merced, Calif. (96%); El Paso, Texas (96%); Fresno, Calif. (95%); Yuma, Ariz. (95%); Odessa, Texas (95%).
  3. The four metro areas are Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, N.C. (54th largest Hispanic population); Portland, Oregon-Washington (38th largest); Indianapolis, Ind. (60th largest); and Oklahoma City, Okla. (52nd largest).