Test of Facts

—In 2000 Hispanic population was 6.8% of the state population or 431,739. In 2010 Hispanic population was 9.6% of the state population or 632,403 people, this represents a 46.5% growth from 2000, a rate 15 times greater than the state’s population as a whole.The increase in the Hispanic population alone accounted for more than 60 percent of the state’s total growth from 2000 to 2009
—Massachusetts Hispanic-owned firms increased by 24% from 2002 to 2007 to 19,693 firms, of these 3,576 are Boston based
—According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics represent 143,682 of the Suffolk County's 722,023 total population, or 20%
—Boston continues to be a majority minority city with 53% of the population non-white or Hispanic
—As of April 2011, Hispanics represented 16.3% of the total U.S. population
—In 2010, the U.S. Hispanic population surpassed 50 millions, up 43% since 2000 census, and represented 55% of total U.S. population growth
—In 2011, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power was estimated to be in excess of $1 trillion  and is projected to increase to $1.3 trillion in 2015 a cumulative increase of approximately 25% yearly
Source: Latino Consumers: Demographic Patterns and Spending Trends among Hispanic Americans, 8th Edition
—While overall spending by non-Hispanic consumers declined during the recession, Latino consumers as a whole spent more
—U.S. Hispanics rank as the 2nd-largest Hispanic population in the world, ranking only behind Mexico