See the numbers behind the country's Hispanic population
• 53 million: The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2012. Hispanic Americans make up 17 percent of the U.S.'s total population—the largest minority group in the country. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the U.S.
• 11.6 million: The number of Hispanic family households in the United States in 2012
• 65 percent: The percentage of Hispanic-origin people in the United States that have a Mexican background.
• 47 percent: The percentage of New Mexico's Hispanic population as of 2012, the highest of any state.
• 2.3 million: The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007, which generated $350.7 billion.
• 37.6 million: The number of U.S. residents, age 5 and older, who spoke Spanish at home in 2011.
• 22.5 percent: The percentage of elementary and high school students that were Hispanic in 2011.
• 3.7 million: The number of Hispanic Americans who had at least a bachelor's degree in 2011.
• 1.2 million: The number of Hispanic/Latino Americans who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces.