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Latinos in the Washington, D.C. metro area have the highest median household income among Latinos in the nation's top 60 metro areas with the biggest Latino populations; their lowest median household income is found in the Brownsville, Texas region.

Posts this week that have drawn on a Pew Hispanic Center report that's rich in detail have explored where Latinos in the United States live (the largest Latino population is in the L.A. area) and who they are (65 percent are of Mexican birth or descent), as well as which of the nation's metro regions have the most or least Latino U.S. citizens, fluent English speakers, high school graduates and degree holders.

And one important highlight: Contrary to some popular misperceptions, nearly three-fourths, or 74 percent, of all Latinos in the nation are U.S. citizens, either by birth or by naturalization. 

Hand in hand with these dynamics go economic factors, so let's take a look at those in this third and final installment. As with the factors that yesterday's post explored, there are stark differences here between some of the nation's 60 most heavily Latino cities and regions, from Los Angeles on down.


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.