Hispanic Identity Fades Across Generations


More than 18% of Americans identify as Hispanic or Latino, the nation’s second-largest racial or ethnic group. But two trends – a long-standing high intermarriage rate and a decade of declining Latin American immigration – are distancing some Americans with Hispanic ancestry from the life experiences of earlier generations, reducing the likelihood they call themselves Hispanic or Latino.

Among the estimated 42.7 million U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry in 2015, nine-in-ten (89%), or about 37.8 million, self-identify as Hispanic or Latino. But another 5 million (11%) do not consider themselves Hispanic or Latino, according to Pew Research Center estimates. The closer they are to their immigrant roots, the more likely Americans with Hispanic ancestry are to identify as Hispanic. Nearly all immigrant adults from Latin America or Spain (97%) say they are Hispanic. Similarly, second-generation adults with Hispanic ancestry (the U.S.-born children of at least one immigrant parent) have nearly as high a Hispanic self-identification rate (92%), according to Pew Research Center estimates.

By the third generation – a group made up of the U.S.-born children of U.S.-born parents and immigrant grandparents – the share that self-identifies as Hispanic falls to 77%. And by the fourth or higher generation (U.S.-born children of U.S.-born parents and U.S.-born grandparents, or even more distant relatives), just half of U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry say they are Hispanic.1

Source: Pew Hispanic

Latinos and the Secondhand Smoke in NYC


A study released this February by the New York City Health Department on Second-Hand Smoke and Smoke-Free housing in NYC revealed some interesting data concerning secondhand smoke. 

An alarming 44% of New Yorkers said they are exposed to secondhand smoke inside their own homes from an outside source. In regards to ethnic groups, the study shows that 56% of the Latino adults were more likely to smell secondhand smoke at home from outside than all other non-Latino racial/ethnic groups. Blacks (44%) were more likely to smell cigarettes smoke than Whites (38%) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (35%). 

Another section of the study analyzed the number of smoke-free buildings in the city. The result is 4 out of 10 New Yorkers report they lived in a smoke-free building. Latinos (45%) and Asian Pacific Islanders (49%) were also more likely to report their building had a smoke-free policy than Whites (36%) or Blacks (37%).

Three-quarters of all New Yorkers (77%) also reported they had their own in-home smoke free policy. Latinos (85%) were more likely to prohibit smoke in their homes, followed by Blacks (84%), Whites (83%), and Asian/Pacific Islanders (67%).

Read the full report HERE

A Snapshot of the Latino Population in NYC




According to the research Health of Latinos in New York City by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's, NYC residents who identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic account for nearly a third of the city's population. From 2000 to 2015, the Latino population grew by more than 14% to 2,485,125. 

The largest heritage groups in NYC are Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. More than Half of Latinos are US-born. Of Latinos born outside of the US, nearly three-quarters have lived in the US for 10 years or more.



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Latinos often identify by heritage alone and may not identify as a separate race. Among NYC Latinos, 7% identify as Black, 37% identify as White and approximately 55% identify as Other.

Age Distribution
The Latino population is younger than the non-Latino population, with a higher percentage of children, teens and young adults and lower percentage of older adults.

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Read the entire research HERE.

Source: nyc.gov