Shakira. The Colombian singer secured numerous awards in 2023 AFP

The Latino community in the U.S. is flourishing as it grows rapidly in both population and impact in the country's society. However, how well-informed are people about this demographic and its representation in politics, films, or music? On National Trivia Day, we seize the opportunity to test your knowledge with a questionnaire.

You will probably know that Colombian Shakira remained a dominant force on the stages throughout 2023 -she was the most searched singer in Google this year-, while Argentine Lionel Messi took over Miami after landing at Inter Miami just months after securing his first World Cup. Ready for this trivia?

National Trivia Day: 10 Facts About Latinos in the U.S.

1. How many Latinos reside in the U.S.?

About 63.7 million people identified as Latino or Hispanic in the United States as of July 1, 2022, emerging as the largest racial or ethnic minority in the country and representing 19.1% of the total population, according to the latest figures by the U.S. Census Bureau.

2. Which is the state with most Latinos and how many are there?

California is the state with the most Latinos in the U.S., with approximately 15.7 million people identifying as having Latino ancestry or Hispanic origins, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Latinos residing in California represent 40.3% of the state's total population and 24.6% of the total Latino population in the U.S.

3. Which are the top 10 U.S. cities by Latino population?

The metropolitan areas with the highest number of Latinos are Los Angeles (5.9 million), New York (5.1 million), Miami (2.8 million), Houston (2.8 million), Riverside (in California, with 2.5 million), Dallas-Fort Worth (2.3 million), Chicago (2.2 million), Phoenix (1.6 million), San Antonio (1.4 million), and San Diego (1.1 million), according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center as of July 2021.

4. What is the median age of the Latino population in the U.S.?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median age of Latinos residing in the U.S., including both those born in the U.S. and immigrants, was 30.7 years as of July 2021.

5. How many Latinos are in the U.S. Congress?

In the 118th Congress of the United States, 52 members are Latinos, constituting 9.7% of the 534 voting members in both chambers as of January 3, 2023, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. In the House, Latinos comprised 46 out of 434 members (10.5%), while in the Senate, they constituted 6 out of 100 representatives.

Given that Latinos constitute 19.1% of the U.S. population, they continue to face significant underrepresentation in the political sphere.

6. Who was the most listened-to Latino artist on Spotify in 2023?

Among the top 10 Global Artists of 2023, three Latino musicians stand out. Puerto Rican Bad Bunny claimed the spot as the most listened-to Latino, securing an impressive second place in the ranking, just behind Taylor Swift. Following closely, the Mexican artist Peso Pluma secured the fifth position, while Colombian sensation Karol G landed at number 9.

7. Which were the top Hispanic baby names in the U.S. for 2023?

Latin names, such as Olivia and Mateo, topped the ranking.
Latin names, such as Olivia and Mateo, topped the ranking of the most popular for babies. Freepik

Hispanic and Latino names gained significant popularity in the U.S. during 2023. Olivia was the favorite among all newborn girls, while Mateo was the fifth most popular for boys, according to a BabyCenter analysis of more than 300,000 babies born this year.

8. Which Is The Top-Grossing Latina Artist of All Time?

The iconic Jennifer Lopez has emerged as the Top-Grossing Latina Artist of All Time, according to the Billboard Boxscore ranking. The review revealed that she has generated an impressive $191.6 million in revenue, attracted a substantial audience of 1.4 million, and hosted a total of 203 reported shows, highlighting her enduring impact and widespread popularity in the world of entertainment.

9. Who was the first Latino artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

Latino presence in the Hollywood Walk of Fame began in 1960 when the Mexican actress Dolores del Río became the first to receive a star. Since then, dozens of Latinos and Latinas have been honored with the distinctive five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars.

10. Who is the first Latino to get an Oscar for Best Director?

In 2014, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón made history by winning the Oscar for Best Director, becoming the first Latino to achieve this prestigious award. Mexicans would go on to dominate the category for several years, winning five of the next six awards for directing thanks to another award by Cuarón, two by Alejandro González Iñarritu and one by Guillermo del Toro.

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