The term Hispanic or Latino, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin." According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from the 2000 Census, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.
For more information, click on the photos of the famous Hispanic Americans below or go to any of the links below to see lists of famous Hispanic Americans!
- Scholastic.com - Latinos in History
- Scholastic.com - Meet Famous Latinos
- Factmonster.com - Notable Hispanic Americans
- PBSKids.com - Maya & Miguel Powerful Hispanics
- Infoplease.com - Notable Hispanic Americans
- Time.com - 25 Most Influential Hispanic in America
|Jennifer Lopez, singer and actress (VIDEO)|
|Alex Rodriguez, baseball player (VIDEO)|
|Naya Rivera, actress|
|Oscar De La Hoya (VIDEO)|
|Ellen Ochoa, astronaut (VIDEO)|