RACE AND ETHNICITY
In the United States, the 2014 population estimate reached almost 319 million, of which more than 79 million residents live in the eleven state USDA NRCS Southeast Region. Fifty-five million people in the U.S. identify as Hispanic or Latino, which accounts for 17 percent of the total population. Eleven percent of the total population in the Southeast Region is Hispanic or Latino. The state of Florida has the highest percentage of Hispanic/Latino residents, 24 percent while Kentucky and Mississippi have the lowest percentage of Hispanic/Latino residents, 3 percent.
At almost 4.8 million, Florida’s Hispanic/Latino population accounts for more than 50 percent of the Hispanic/Latino population in the Southeast Region. Combined, Georgia and North Carolina’s Hispanic/Latino population account for approximately 20 percent of the total Hispanic/Latino population in the Southeast Region.
Of the 1,008 counties within the Southeast Region, 26 counties have a Hispanic/Latino population of 20 percent or more. The majority (15) are counties in the state of Florida followed by Georgia (6), Virginia (3), Arkansas (1) and North Carolina (1).
Although the majority of Hispanic/Latino residents in the U.S. are of Mexican origin (64.2 percent), seven states in the Southeast Region have a Mexican population below the national proportion, three of which have a Mexican population below 41 percent.