September 15, 2015

Hispanics of Colombian Origin in the United States, 2013

Statistical Profile

Colombian-Origin Population in the U.S., 1990-2013An estimated 1.1 million Hispanics of Colombian origin resided in the United States in 2013, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

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

Colombians are the seventh-largest population of Hispanic origin living in the United States, accounting for 2% of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2013. Since 1990, the Colombian-origin population has almost tripled, growing from 378,000 to 1.1 million over the period. At the same time, the foreign-born population of Colombian origin living in the U.S. grew by 131%, up from 282,000 in 1990 to 653,000 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 Colombian 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 Colombian Origin, 2013 Household Characteristics, by Ethnicity and Colombian Origin, 2013 Employment Characteristics, by Ethnicity and Colombian Origin, 2013
  1. Percentages are computed before numbers are rounded.
  2. This includes Colombians 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.”