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Hispanic or Latino Ethnic Origin
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Los Angeles County

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2010 Census & 2018 Census Estimates*

Also see: Hispanic Origin by City and Community
and Racial/Ethnic Population for Los Angeles County


Los Angeles County has, by far, the largest Hispanic and Latino population of any county in the United States, more than twice that of second-ranked Harris County, Texas. Most of this population is ethnically Mexican (75 percent), however, Los Angeles County is also home to the largest Central American population in the U.S., including the largest Guatemalan, Costa Rican and Salvadoran ethnic populations in the U.S.



Ethnic Origin 2010 Census 2018 Census Estimates*
Population Percent Population Percent
Hispanic or Latino 4,687,889 100.00% 4,893,603 48.46%
Mexican 3,510,677 74.89% 3,716,024 75.94%
Puerto Rican 44,609 0.95% 45,178 0.92%
Cuban 41,350 0.88% 40,402 0.83%
Dominican Republic 3,609 0.08% 5,859 0.12%
Ethnic Origin 2010 Census 2018 Census Estimates*
Population Percent Population Percent
Central American 675,832 14.42% 813,030 16.61%
Costa Rican 9,365 0.20% 10,204 0.21%
Guatemalan 214,939 4.58% 270,589 5.53%
Honduran 42,901 0.92% 48,887 1.00%
Nicaraguan 37,205 0.79% 41,568 0.85%
Panamanian 5,402 0.12% 5,070 0.10%
Salvadoran 358,825 7.65% 427,674 8.74%
Other Central American 7,195 0.15% 9,038 0.18%
Ethnic Origin 2010 Census 2018 Census Estimates*
Population Percent Population Percent
South American 118,776 2.53% 128,440 2.62%
Argentinean 19,540 0.42% 19,249 0.39%
Bolivian 4,857 0.10% 5,416 0.11%
Chilean 8,573 0.18% 8,658 0.18%
Colombian 25,272 0.54% 29,295 0.60%
Ecuadorian 19,588 0.42% 20,700 0.42%
Paraguayan 413 0.01% 431 0.01%
Peruvian 34,135 0.73% 37,322 0.76%
Uruguayan 1,628 0.03% 1,394 0.03%
Venezuelan 3,279 0.07% 4,509 0.09%
Other South American 1,491 0.03% 1,466 0.03%
Ethnic Origin 2010 Census 2018 Census Estimates*
Population Percent Population Percent
Other Hispanic or Latino 293,036 6.25% 144,670 2.96%
Spaniard 30,356 0.65% 31,312 0.64%
Spanish 20,575 0.44% 18,590 0.38%
Spanish American 1,091 0.02% 429 0.01%
All other Hispanic or Latino 241,014 5.14% 94,339 1.93%

* 2014-2018 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.
† The Hispanic or Latino population is estimated to be 48.46% of the county's total population.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


It is reported that a late 19th Century editorial in the Los Angeles Times predicted that the "Mexican" population in Los Angeles would disappear by the early part of the 20th Century.


Woman Mariachi Singer, Los Angeles
Also see: Hispanic or Latino Ethnic Origin - Los Angeles County.