Population of Hispanic/Latino origin
As a Percent of Total Population
- The question on Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin is separate from the question on race. Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin may be of any race.
- The 1980 and 1990 censuses asked people if they were of "Spanish/Hispanic origin or descent" and, if so, to choose Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or other Spanish/Hispanic.
- In Census 2000, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino.
- The term "Latino" appeared on the census form for the first time in 2000.
- The Hispanic/Latino population is increasing steadily in Washington, almost doubling during the 1990s and reaching 13.3 percent of the population by 2019.
- In 2019 Washington ranked 13th highest among the states in total Hispanic/Latino population and 15th in percent share of Hispanic/Latino population.
Last modified: September 9, 2019