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Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County
By the Numbers

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A woman mariachi singer in Dia de los Muertos face painting sings at a college campus performance. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.


Population

4.8 million

The Hispanic/Latino population in Los Angeles County in the 2020 Census. People of Hispanic/Latino origin are the county's largest ethnic/racial group in Los Angeles County, making up 48% of the population. Los Angeles County had the largest Hispanic/Latino population of any county in the United States, followed by Harris County, Texas, at 2.0 million and Miami-Dade County, Florida, at 1.9 million.

2.5%

Percent increase in the Hispanic/Latino population in Los Angeles County, between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Census.

5.3 million

Projected Hispanic/Latino population for Los Angeles County, in 2060, according to the California Demographic Research Unit. This projection would make the Hispanic/Latino population 54% of the county's population by that year.

76%

Percent of Hispanic/Latino population in Los Angeles County of Mexican heritage, according to 2019 Census estimates. Another 8.7 percent were of Salvadoran heritage, 5.5 percent Guatemalan, 2.7 percent South American, and Honduran and Puerto Rican each 1.0 percent. The remainder were of Cuban, Dominican, other Central American, or other Hispanic/Latino origin.

31%

Percent of California’s Hispanic/Latino population that resided in Los Angeles County in the 2020 Census. Los Angeles County’s population overall is 25% of the state’s population.

47

Number of cities, among Los Angeles County’s 88 incorporated cities, in which Hispanics/Latinos were the largest ethnic/racial group, according to the 2020 Census.


Families

993,525
Number of Hispanic/Latino family households in Los Angeles County, making up 44.9% of all family households in the county, according to 2019 Census estimates.

61%
Percent of Hispanic/Latino family households in Los Angeles County that were married-couple households, , making up 41% of all married couple households in the county, according to 2019 Census estimates.

59%
Percent of Hispanic/Latino married-couple families in Los Angeles County that had related children younger than age 18 present, as compared to 43% for all married-couple families in the county, according to 2019 Census estimates.


Language

3.7 million

Number of Los Angeles County residents, age 5 and older, who spoke Spanish at home. Spanish speakers made up 39 percent of Los Angeles County residents, age 5 and older, according to 2019 Census estimates. More than half of these spoke English "very well."


Education

62%

Percent of Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County, age 25 and older, who had at least a high school education, according to 2019 Census estimates. This compares to 79% for all persons in Los Angeles County, age 25 and older.

13%

Percent of Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County, age 25 and older, who had a bachelor's degree or higher, as compared to 33% for all persons in the county, age 25 and older, according to 2019 Census estimates.

46%

Percent of all students (both undergraduate and graduate students) enrolled in college in Los Angeles County who were Hispanic/Latino, according to 2019 Census estimates.

61%

Percent of K-12 elementary and secondary students in Los Angeles County that were Hispanic/Latino, according to 2019 Census estimates.


Family at College Graduation Event in Los Angeles

Family at a college graduation event in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.


Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

$61,174

Median income of Hispanic/Latino households in Los Angeles County, as compared to $68,044 for all county households, according to 2019 Census estimates.

18%
Poverty rate among Hispanics/Latinos, as compared to 15% across the county’s population as a whole, according to 2019 Census estimates.

14%

Percent of Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County who lacked health insurance, as compared to 10% across the county’s population as a whole, according to 2019 Census estimates.


Jobs

47%

Percent of Los Angeles County Labor Force, age 16 and older, who were Hispanic or Latino, according to 2019 Census estimates.

64%

Percent of Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County, age 16 and older, who were in the civilian labor force, as compared to 65% of all persons, age 16 and older, in the county, according to 2019 Census estimates.

22%

Percent of civilian employed Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County, age 16 years and older, who worked in management, business, science, and arts occupations, as compared to 38% of all employed persons , age 16 years and older, according to 2019 Census estimates.

149,827

Number of Hispanics/Latinos in management occupations in Los Angeles County. In addition, 96,236 were in educational instruction and library occupations; 55,395 in computer, engineering and science occupations; 62,565 in healthcare practitioners and technical occupations , according to 2019 Census estimates. Of all the county’s physicians and surgeons, 1,915 were Hispanic/Latino, or 7%, according to California Labor Market Information.


Business

24,853

Number of businesses with employees with at least one Hispanic/Latino-owner in Los Angeles County, according to a 2017 Census Business Survey. These were 13% of all businesses with employees in the county. Los Angeles County had the second largest number of Hispanic/Latino-owned businesses among all U.S. counties, second only to Miami-Dade County, Florida.

$37 billion

Receipts from businesses with employees with at least one Hispanic/Latino-owner in Los Angeles County, according to a 2017 Census Business Survey. This made up 3% of receipts from all businesses with employees in the county.

$7.3 billion

Annual payroll of all businesses with employees in Los Angeles County that had at least one Hispanic/Latino-owner, according to a 2017 Census Business Survey. This made up 3% of the payroll for all businesses with employees in the county.


A Mexican food business at Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.


Veterans

61,381

Number of Hispanic/Latino veterans of the U.S. armed forces in Los Angeles County. They accounted for 23% of all veterans in the county, according to 2019 Census estimates..


Voters

49.8%

Percent of eligible Hispanic/Latino voters in Los Angeles County who turned out for the 2016 presidential election. The turnout of eligible Hispanic/Latino voters, however, was lower for the 2018 general election, at 37.1 percent.


Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau;
California Dept. of Finance, Demographic Research Unit;
California Labor Market Information Division;
Center for Inclusive Democracy, USC


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Also see: Hispanic or Latino Ethnic Origin - Los Angeles County.