Hispanic Heritage Week was first created by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was expanded to cover a 30-day period and enacted into law on August 17, 1988 by President Ronald Regan.

Flags of Latin AmericaSeptember 15 became the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independent for five Latin America countries.

Anniversary of Independence:
  • September 15 - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
  • September 16 - Mexico
  • September 18 - Chile
  • September 21 - Belize
This website has been created to better understand the Hispanic history and the Spanish speaking and indigenous ancestors. For Duval county, it is a population that is growing as we realize that nearly 1 in 10 city residents was born in a foreign country .

According to the U.S. Census, Hispanics in Duval County now account for 7.7% of the population. It is estimated that there are 63,485 citizens of Hispanic descent that have migrated to our river city. The largest percentage comes from Puerto Rico, but there are many other countries that also make up the population.

  1990 2000 2010
Jacksonville 16,455 30,594 63,485
Percent of Total Population 2.6 4.2 7.7

Diversity ACS 200-2010
Puerto Rico 2.6
Mexico 1.7
Cuba 0.9
Dominican Republic 0.3
Central America 0.8
South America 0.9
Other Hispanics 0.7

Quick Facts

  • A portrait of a young Hispanic girl from Jacksonville's World of Nations Celebration43% increase in the Hispanic population between April 1, 2000 and April 1, 2010, making Hispanics the fastest growing minority group with 70% still speaking Spanish.
  • Hispanic Buyer Power has reached $981,218,300 mm
  • 1.1 million Hispanics or Latinos 18 and older are veterans of the U.S. armed forces as of September 2011.
  • 22.4% of businesses in Florida in 2007 were Hispanic-owned
  • More than 400,000 Hispanics served the U.S. during World War II. About 25,000 served in the Persians Gulf War.
  • Of those 77.4% have high school diplomas and 21.0% have obtained bachelors degrees.
  • From 2007 to 2011 there was a 121.7% increase in voter registration raising the number to 15.3%.