Did You Know - September 2009

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 15–Oct. 15 is observed as National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. The month-long observance began in 1988, celebrating the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 respectively.

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15 Percent — The portion of the U.S. population that is Hispanic (46.9 million people), a figure that is expected to double by 2050.

3.2 Percent — The increase in the Hispanic population between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008, making Hispanics the fastest growing minority.

25 Percent — Portion of U.S children younger than five in 2008 who were Hispanic.


Gary Dodge, NPUC Trust Services director, is contributing to the GLEANER blog with a thread on money matters. Read and discuss personal finance, planned giving and other economic topics on this blog.

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