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White Hispanic or White Latino Americans are White Americans of European origin.

As the concepts of race and ethnicity — "ethnicity" is used as a synonym for Hispanic or Latino origin — are mutually independent in the Office of Management and Budget's and United States Census Bureau's definitions, every American is identified by both race and ethnicity. Hispanic or Latino people are those who report origins in Spainmarker or Hispanic Latin America, and they may be of any race, Black, white or Asian.Thus each race, including White American, comprises individuals who are [Hispanic or Latino] which only means that they speak the Spanish language and individuals who are not of Spanish speaking countries.

Demographic information

In the 2008 American Community Survey 29.2 million, or 62.35% of the then 46,891,456 total Hispanic and Latino American self-identified as white, an increase from 47.9% in the 2000 census. Non White Hispanics or Latinos who reported "Some other race" (meaning they do not identify with any of the standard racial categories given in the census) are the second largest group, at 41.2%, down from 42.2% in 2000. (The 2006 figures for racial categories chosen by Hispanics in the US Census other than "white" or "some other race" are: "Two or more races" or multiracials, 3.9%; Black, 1.4%; American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.8%; Asian, 0.35%; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 0.1%.) Respondents in the "Some other race" category are officially reclassified as white by the Census Bureau in some official estimates of race. This means that more than 90% of all Hispanic or Latino Americans end up being counted as "white" in some statistics of the US Census (which would equal 41 million in 2006).

White Hispanics by National Origin, 2000
Hispanic National Origin White population
in group
As a percentage
of group
Mexican 9,870,433 47.3
Puerto Rican 1,605,049 47.2
Cuban 1,060,854 85.0
Dominican 180,856 22.7
Central American 735,879 40.4
South American 838,270 59.6
"Spanish" and "Other Hispanic" 2,534,786 44.8

Mexican Americans compose the majority (64%) of all Hispanic or Latino Americans, and similarly, White Mexican Americans compose the majority (59% in 2000) of all White Hispanic or Latino Americans. The second largest number of Hispanics identifying themselves as white are Puerto Rican Americans, and Cuban Americans are the third largest; these three U.S Hispanic groups by national origin compose the overwhelming majority of Hispanic and Latino Americans who self-identified as "white" in the 2000 US census.

Some Hispanic or Latino American groups, most notably Mexican Americans, have white majorities or pluralities, in contrast to the actual ethnographic profiles of their countries of origin. It is unknown how many of these are otherwise assimilated white Americans who happen to be a half or quarter Mexican (or whatever).

Representation in the media

White Hispanics by State, 2007 ACS
State Population % of State % of Hispanics
Californiamarker 6,503,487 18 49
Texasmarker 5,398,738 23 63
Floridamarker 2,867,365 16 76
New Yorkmarker 1,161,663 7 37
Arizonamarker 1,113,398 18 59
Illinoismarker 715,315 6 37
New Jerseymarker 660,649 8 48
Coloradomarker 601,488 12 62
New Mexicomarker 530,612 27 61
Nevadamarker 412,985 16 64
Regional Distribution of White Hispanics, 2000
Region of the U.S
West 37.7%
South 40.8%
Midwest 8.4%
Northeast 13%

In America, social perceptions have changed somewhat through the years, Hispanic or Latino is often incorrectly given a racial value, usually non-white. On the other hand, since the early days of the movie industry in the U.S., when White Hispanic actors are given roles, they are usually cast as non-Hispanic Whites. Examples include such actors as Jose Ferrer, Benicio Del Toro, Frankie Muniz, Andy Garcia and Cameron Diaz.

Many of the early Hispanic actors and actreses had huge popularity in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s Golden Age of Hollywood starring in leading roles, were foreign-born such as Mexican born Dolores del Río, Ramon Novarro and Lupe Vélez or Dominican born Maria Montez.

Anita Page was an American film actress who reached stardom in 1928, during the last years of the silent film. and was referred to as "a blond, blue-eyed Latin" and "the girl with the most beautiful face in Hollywood" in the 1920s.Latin women have figured prominently in a variety of US cultural narratives and political allegories, often situated in ambivalent or adversarial relation to ideals of "white" femininity or American national identity. Hispanic actors generally faded into the background during the years following World War II.

Most Americans who know of them may not be aware that American movie legend Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino) was Hispanic on her father's side, or that the actress who played "all-American" Gilmore Girl Lorelai Leigh "Rory" GilmoreAlexis Bledel — is also Hispanic, or the actress who is the great-great-granddaughter of former Iranianmarker king Fat'h Ali Shah Qajar, Sarah Shahi, is also Hispanic (on her maternal side).

Others accuse the U.S. Hispanic media, as well as the Latin American media, of over-representing White Hispanics, while under-representing the non-White Hispanics, amid claims that telenovelas (soap operas), in particular, do not reflect the color spectrum of Hispanics and Latinos.

Marriage trends

Native-born white Hispanics often marry a non-Hispanic partner although 66% still marry a white Hispanic partner. Compared to 88% of foreign-born white Hispanic marriages are to a white Hispanic wife. White women of non-Hispanic origin are more likely to marry a Hispanic man of Some other race at 19%, than white Hispanic women with 2%.
  • SOR = Some other race.
  • Non-Hispanic white = any other white ethnic group.
Hispanic married Couples in the United States in 2000
Race & Ethnicity of Husband
Native-born Foreign-born
Race/Ethnicity of Wife White Hispanic SOR Hispanic White Hispanic SOR Hispanic
White Hispanic 66% 2% 88% 3%
SOR Hispanic 2% 73% 2% 90%
Non-Hispanic white 28% 19% 7% 4%

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