Cecilia Rosales Ph.D.

Happy Anniversary LPM!!

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September marks the 7th anniversary of Latino Perspectives Magazine. 

Also this month we commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). For sure we’ll hear and read proclamations touting the many contributions of Americans of Hispanic heritage to the political, economic and social fabric of the United States of America.  

In fact, in anticipation of the observance, late last month the U.S. Census released its popular “Facts for Features” with tidbits of information on the country’s Hispanic or Latino population. Among this year’s featured data:

50.5 million: The Hispanic population of the United States as of April 1, 2010. 

63%. The percentage of Hispanic-origin people in the United States who were of Mexican background in 2010. 

$345.2 billion: Receipts generated by Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007, up 55.5 percent from 2002.

1.1 million: The number of Hispanics or Latinos 18 and older who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces. (Updated figures are to be released later this month).

4: The number of Hispanic surnames ranked among the 15 most common in 2000 (Garcia, Rodriguez, Martinez, Hernandez).

14%: The percentage of the Hispanic population 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2010.

1 million: Number of Hispanics 18 and older with advanced degrees in 2010.

67%: Percentage of Hispanic children living with two parents.

9.7 million: The number of Hispanic citizens who reported voting in the 2008 presidential election, about 2 million more than voted in 2004. 

The numbers paint an interesting demographic portrait.  But, what are stories behind these numbers? 

In this month’s feature, Georgan Yara presents profiles of seven individuals in our community who represent different iterations of the Hispanic experience in the Grand Canyon State. 

We are proud to share these stories and invite you to read more and share yours at latinopm.com.

On behalf of all of us at LPM we thank you for seven years of continued support!

Hasta la próxima.

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