Statistics on Hispanic/Latino(a) Catholics
- Hispanics/Latinos(as) are present in practically every diocese of the United States.
- More than 20% of all Catholic parishes in the United States have Hispanic/Latino(a) ministry.
- More than 80% of all (arch)dioceses have diocesan staff coordinating Hispanic/Latino(a) ministry.
- Hispanics/Latinos(as) compose more than 35% of all Catholics in the United States.
- Hispanics/Latinos(as) have contributed 71% of the growth of the Catholic Church in the United States since 1960.
- More than 50% of all Catholics in the United States under age 25 are of Hispanic/Latino(a) descent.
- To date, 40 Hispanic/Latino bishops have been ordained in the United States, 28 of whom are active. They make up 9% of all Catholic bishops in the United States.
- Over the past few years, 15% of all new priests ordained in the United States have been of Hispanic/Latino(a) descent.
- Hispanics/Latinos(as) constitute 25% of all laypeople engaged in diocesan ministry programs.
- More than two-thirds (68%) of all Hispanics/Latinos(as) in the United States consider themselves to be Roman Catholics.
- The estimated Hispanic/Latino(a) population of the United States as of July 2007 is 45.5 million.
- It is projected that Hispanics/Latinos(as) will surpass the 102.6 million mark by the year 2050.
Sources: www.usccb.org/hispanicaffairs; U.S. Census Bureau