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Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County
By the Numbers

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Unless otherwise noted, all numbers are 2018 U.S. Census estimates.

Population

4.9 million

The Hispanic/Latino population in Los Angeles County. People of Hispanic/Latino origin are the county's largest ethnic/racial group, making up 48.5 percent of the county’s total 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 1.8 million.

4.4%

Percent increase in the Hispanic/Latino population in Los Angeles County, between 2010 and 2018.

5 million

Projected Hispanic/Latino population for Los Angeles County, in 2060. This projection would make the Hispanic/Latino population 52 percent of the county's population by that year.

76%

Percent of Hispanic/Latino population in Los Angeles County of Mexican heritage. Another 8.7 percent were of Salvadoran heritage, 5.5 percent Guatemalan, 2.6 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.

32.1%

Percent of California’s Hispanic/Latino population that resides in Los Angeles County.

48

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


Families

1.2 million
Number of Hispanic/Latino family households in Los Angeles County.

48.4%
Percent of Hispanic/Latino family households in Los Angeles County that were married-couple households.

24.2%
Percent of Hispanic/Latino married-couple households in Los Angeles County that had children younger than age 18 present.


Language

3.7 million

Number of Los Angeles County residents, age 5 and older, who spoke Spanish at home. Spanish speakers made up 38.4 percent of Los Angeles County residents, age 5 and older. More than half of these spoke English "very well."


Education

62.2%

Percent of Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County, age 25 and older, who had at least a high school education.

12.9%

Percent of Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County, age 25 and older, who had a bachelor's degree or higher. Of these, 387,993 had at least a bachelor's degree and 109,606 had an advanced degree (master's, professional, doctorate).

47.6%

Percent of students (both undergraduate and graduate students) enrolled in college in Los Angeles County who were Hispanic/Latino.

62.5%

Percent of elementary and high school students in Los Angeles County that were Hispanic/Latino.


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


Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

$52,712

Median income of Hispanic/Latino households in Los Angeles County.

19.7%
Poverty rate among Hispanics/Latinos.

13.1%

Percent of Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County who lacked health insurance.


Jobs

67.1%

Percent of Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County, age 16 and older, who were in the civilian labor force.

20.4%

Percent of civilian employed Hispanics/Latinos in Los Angeles County, age 16 years and older, who worked in management, business, science, and arts occupations.

134,344

Number of Hispanics/Latinos in management occupations in Los Angeles County. In addition, 88,072 were in educational instruction and library occupations; 44,610 in computer, engineering and science occupations; 62,279 in healthcare pracititioners and technical occupations; 1,188 physicians were Hispanic/Latino.


Business

21,457

Number of Hispanic/Latino-owned businesses with employees in Los Angeles County, in 2017. Los Angeles County had the second largest number of Hispanic/Latino-owned businesses among U.S. counties, behind Miami-Dade County, Florida.

$31.3 billion

Receipts from Hispanic/Latino-owned businesses with employees in Los Angeles County, in 2017.

9.4%

Percent of all businesses with employees in Los Angeles County, in 2017, that were Hispanic/Latino-owned.


Veterans

57,234

Number of Hispanic/Latino veterans of the U.S. armed forces in Los Angeles County.


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 was lower, however, for the 2018 general election, at 37.1 percent.


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


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