Have you ever stopped and thought about the significance of the Latino community in the United States? With its rich, diverse history and strong values, the Hispanic diaspora makes up a large percentage of the country’s population. If you’ve recently arrived in the United States and don't know where to start, rest assured that there will always be someone from the community around to lend you a hand.
This guide explains where the main Hispanic communities in the country are located, and which organizations work to provide resources; offer useful information; and provide professional health, immigration, and education services, among others. Read on for all of the details— we’re here to empower you!
Information about Latinos in the United States
According to the latest census, 62,080,044 Latinos live in the United States, equivalent to 18.7% of the country’s total population. This demographic has been growing for years, a trend expected to continue into the future. It’s estimated that by 2050 the Hispanic population will represent 30.2% of the U.S. population.
What countries do Latino immigrants in the U.S. come from?
Latino immigrants in the United States come from many different countries, but the overwhelming majority are from Mexico. However, many more also hail from the following countries (listed in order from most to least number of immigrants):
- Puerto Rico
- El Salvador
- Dominican Republic
- Costa Rica
A community of constant growth
The Hispanic community has contributed to the development and prosperity of the United States since its inception. Our heritage is part of the American legacy. Throughout the years, however, Latinos have struggled to thrive in the land that promises freedom and opportunity.
Advances in the U.S. economy:
- 86% of new businesses in the last 10 years were created by Latinos
- 1 in 5 entrepreneurs are of Latino origin
- 74% of new U.S. workers are Latino
- In the last 25 years, the Latino workforce has grown by over 250%
Advances in education and employment:
- More than 80% of U.S. Latinos speak English
- 73% increase in the number of Latinos earning college degrees
- 18% growth in health-related jobs by Latinos
- 13% growth in computer-related jobs by Latinos
How Can I Find Hispanics Near Me?The Hispanic community is spread out all over the United States. If you live in a city with a high percentage of Latinos, your chances of meeting people like you will be much higher.
You may be asking yourself how you can meet other people in the community. One of the best ways to do this is by interacting with those you see on a day-to-day basis. It might seem a bit obvious, but it really is the best way to put yourself out there and meet new people.
For example, if you have school-age children, chances are some of their classmates are also Latino. Try striking up a conversation with their parents! This can have a ripple effect; if you meet one person, they’ll introduce you to others, and so on. Gradually you’ll meet more people in the community and expand your social circle along the way.
Other ways to meet people include attending workshops, playing sports, or while you’re at work. The key is being open to participating and engaging. You’ll see that others are trying to do the same, and find a supportive and empathetic community ready to welcome you with open arms.
Hispanic Community in Florida
According to the Census Bureau’s most recent report, 27% of Florida’s residents are Latino.
The largest Hispanic communities in the Sunshine state are located in Miami, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa. There are also sizeable communities in Cape Coral and Port St. Lucie, among others.
Florida is home to many non-profit organizations whose mission is to help Latino residents prosper and live better. Below are a few of the most recognized.
Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF)
The mission of this South Florida-based organization is to empower immigrants and refugees to become self-sufficient, productive, and civically engaged.
They provide a wide range of comprehensive programs and services for the entire community.
This organization offers a variety of development programs and provides valuable resources related to:
- Mental health
- Hispanic associations and organizations
- Student scholarships
- Students with disabilities
- Exceptional student education
Hispanic Community in California
Did you know that 39% of California residents are Latino? The largest Hispanic communities are located in Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Diego.
Here are just two of the many organizations working to support California's Latino community.
MANA of San Diego
This non-profit is part of MANA, a National Latino Organization. Its mission is to support the development and empowerment of Latina women through advocacy, education, leadership development, and community service.
Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC)
LCHC is an organization that works for health equity for California's Latino community. Its mission is focused on achieving the following:
- Improving access to quality healthcare for all
- Building healthy communities to prevent disease and promote overall health and wellness
- Reducing structural and institutional barriers that produce health disparities based on age, ethnicity, gender, and immigration status, among others
Hispanic Community in Texas
In Texas, 39% of the state population is Hispanic. The largest Latino communities in this region are located in El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas.
Here are some of the organizations working in Texas to improve the quality of life of the Latino community there.
The Hispanic Women's Network of Texas (HWNT)
HWNT is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the development of women in the public, corporate, and civic arenas by providing tools for education and personal and professional development. To this end, HWNT hosts a wide range of events, seminars, and other opportunities to address its members' needs.
- Website: hwnt.org
- Phone: (512) 481-1600
RAICES is a non-profit organization that fights for the rights of immigrants. It provides social programs, bonding assistance, and free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.
- Website: raicestexas.org/
Leading Hispanic Organizations in the United States
With more and more Latinos living in the United States, the different needs of this diverse population grow more apparent. To support them, several types of organizations take on the work of helping the community in specific areas. Here are some of the major national Hispanic organizations across the United States.
Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF)
A well-known nonprofit organization that runs a variety of education, leadership, and job skills development programs to inspire, empower, and integrate Latinos living in the United States.
HHF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but also has offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing free information, referrals, and services to the Latino community. Its work reaches into the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, and the environment.
It’s headquartered in New York City, but the Hispanic Federation also has offices in Washington, D.C.; Connecticut; Puerto Rico; Florida; and North Carolina.
- Website: hispanicfederation.org
- Phone for immediate assistance: 1-844-HF-HELP or 1-866-HF-HELP
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)
This organization works to promote and develop business and entrepreneurship for Hispanics living in the United States.
United We Dream
This is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the United States. It’s dedicated to supporting and creating resources for all immigrant youth across the country, regardless of immigration status.
- Website: unitedwedream.org
Resources for the Hispanic Community
There’s no doubt that Hispanic community in the United States makes significant contributions to the country on many levels. Its success and prosperity directly impact the rest of the nation. In addition to the organizations mentioned above, there are several other resources and programs that focus on assisting Latino immigrants with specific issues.
Below, you can find different types of resources that the Latino community can access to empower them to live a better life.
Dozens of reputable organizations nationwide provide free or low-cost legal advice on immigration issues. You can learn about them and how to contact them in this article.
The United States is known for its expensive and often inaccessible healthcare. While it’s true that many health insurance plans are costly, there are also a number of reliable programs and institutions that provide free or low-cost care.
It is possible to manage you and your family's health affordably and with the certainty that you’ll receive high-quality care when needed. Here's where you can find a variety of healthcare services designed to meet your needs without emptying your wallet.
- Medical care. This article explains how you can receive quality medical care at low or no cost.
- Dental services. In this article you can find reliable programs and institutions to receive low-cost or free dental care.
- Mental health. Learn where you can access free or low-cost mental health services.
- Immunization programs. Find out where you can get the most important vaccines for free or at a low cost.
Higher education in the United States is an expensive endeavor, meaning many people don’t even consider attending college or university. Learn how you can apply for financial aid to help you get into college and achieve your academic goals.
How SABEResPODER Helps the Hispanic Community
SABEResPODER's core mission centers around empowering Latinos living in the United States to grow and succeed. To that end, we’ve created a virtual nationwide network for the Hispanic community through which they can access numerous benefits and opportunities. Let’s take a look in detail:
Our digital bank helps you manage your finances easily and securely. Open an account, receive a debit card, and make payments and other transactions straight from the PODERcard app. Best of all, you can do all this from anywhere!
PODERcard is an inclusive bank. Every single one of its customers is acknowledged as a real person, with real obligations, goals, and needs. This means that the entire community is eligible to join. Simple labels like immigration status don’t get in the way. To open an account, you can apply using your:download the PODERcard app from your smartphone and follow the prompts.
With our Rewards program, you can earn money anytime, anywhere. The only requirements are that you must be a U.S. resident over the age of 18. That’s it! Neither your immigration status nor when you arrived in the country are relevant.
It’s quick and easy. To earn money with the Rewards program, choose from the following options:
- Survey Center. Answer surveys on a variety of topics of interest from the comfort of home. Earn between $2 and $4 for each survey you complete! By joining, you earn extra income and help companies improve their products and services, resulting in a better experience for customers like you.
- Learn + Earn. Take educational courses on your smartphone or computer and earn money for completing them. The material covers useful topics such as finance and health, among others. Everything you learn will help you make informed decisions that support and protect your family.
- Referrals (coming soon!). Receive a bonus for each person who joins our community through your referral. You can invite friends, family, and acquaintances, as long as they reside in the United States.
Keep in mind: Participating in our Rewards program is incredibly simple. First, register with SABEResPODER. This takes just a few minutes and is completely free of charge. There are three ways to register:
- Text message or phone call: Text the word PANELIST to 72237 or call 1-(844) 447-2237.
- SABEResPODER website: Visit this section to sign up.
Subscribe to our SEP+ membership, through which you’ll be able to access multiple benefits. Some of these include:
- PODERsalud. This discount healthcare plan includes unlimited virtual medical consultations in Spanish, in addition to the following discounts:
- Prescription medications: Between 10% and 80%
- Dental care: Between 15% and 50%
- X-rays and diagnostic imaging: Between 40% and 75%
- Lab tests: Between 10% and 80%
- Diabetic testing supplies: Between 10% and 50%
- Hearing aids: Access special pricing
- Personalized attention 24/7. With the SEP+ Trusted Advisor service, you can submit your questions and get answers before others do.
- Exclusive content (coming soon!). With SEP+ you’ll be able to access exclusive content.
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Growing an Empowered Community!
The Hispanic community is a fundamental part of the fabric of the United States. While we’ve certainly come a long way in recent years, we know there is still much work to be done. Hopefully the resources mentioned in this guide will help you connect with our incredible community and find support and assistance when you need it most.There’s room for everyone at our table. Join SABEResPODER today and discover the power of our community!