Hispanic Facts

• One of every seven people in the United States is of Hispanic origin.

• Hispanics are not one race, nor do they represent a single ethnic group. The racial and ethnic composition of Hispanics has three major elements: European, African and Native American.

• The term Latino is another term for Hispanic.

• The word Hispanic was coined by the Romans in 204 B.C. to identify the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula, today’s Spain and Portugal.

• The term Hispanic was adopted in the United States in the 1970s by the federal government.

• Hispanics are the largest minority in the U.S.

• The U.S. is the fifth largest Hispanic country in the world.

• Seventy percent of the Hispanic population lives in five states: California, Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois.

• The state of California has more Hispanics than any other group.

• There are more than one million Hispanics living in the Northwest.

• Washington state has the highest Hispanic population in the Northwest.

• St. Augustine and Santa Fe were Hispanic cities founded before Plymouth.

• Spanish is the fourth most frequently spoken language in the world after Mandarin, Hindustany and English.

• Twenty countries speak Spanish as their first language.

Source: www.hispanomundo.com and Ramon Canals

Hispanic Statistics in the Northwest


Total population: 626,932

Hispanic population: 25,852

5 percent of the population


Total population: 1,293,953

Hispanic population: 101,690

8 percent of the population


Total population: 902,195

Hispanic population: 18,081

2 percent of the population


Total population: 3,421,399

Hispanic population: 275,314

8 percent of the population


Total population: 5,894,212

Hispanic population: 441,509

7 percent of the population

Source: PCensus

Alaska Conference

1 church

1 pastor

26 members

Idaho Conference

3 churches

3 companies

1 pastor

1 Bible worker

365 members

Montana Conference

1 company

1 pastor

11 members

Oregon Conference

5 churches

6 companies

7 groups

14 pastors

3,325 members

Upper Columbia Conference

11 churches

4 companies

4 groups

7 pastors

2,034 members

Washington Conference

8 churches

1 company

2 groups

4 pastors

1,235 members

Source: Ramon Canals

November 01, 2005 / Did You Know?