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Report: More than 1 in 10 US Latinos live in Los Angeles

Source: Pew Research Center

The Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area has the nation's largest Latino population.

The U.S. metro region with the most Latino residents isn't in Florida or Texas. Provided you're reading this in Los Angeles, it's your hometown.

According to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center, the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area has the largest Latino population in the nation, with its 5.7 million Latino residents accounting for more than one in ten (11 percent) of all Latinos living in the United States.

Two other California metro regions are in the top-ten list of those boasting the highest Latino populations, including Riverside-San Bernardino, which ranks fourth nationwide, and San Francisco-Oakland-Vallejo, which ranks tenth. 

However, none of these can claim to be the most Latino metro region, that being the one with the highest Latino population share. That distinction goes to Miami, which is 66 percent Latino. Los Angeles is only 45 percent Latino, ranking behind San Antonio and Riverside. And beyond the top-ten list, there are some metro regions that far exceed these percentages: Laredo, Texas, for example, is 96 percent Latino. The McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr-Mission metro area, also in Texas, follows at 91 percent.

Latinos of Mexican origin make up what is by far the largest group nationwide. From the report:

Mexican-Americans are by far the nation’s largest Hispanic origin group, comprising 65% of the total Hispanic population in the United States. They are also the largest Hispanic origin group in 50 of the 60 metropolitan areas covered by this report, and make up more than half of the Hispanic population in 46 of them. In 33 of these metro areas Mexicans are not only the largest Hispanic origin group, they are also bigger than any other racial or ethnic group.

Cubans, meanwhile, make up the majority of Miami's Latino population, and Salvadorans represent the largest group of Latinos in Washington, D.C. and its environs. 

The report also gets into socioeconomics and other factors, including  education, fluency in English, income, home ownership, poverty and health coverage. I'll post more on this tomorrow. Meanwhile, the complete report can be downloaded here

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