Hispanic or Latino, What is the Difference?

Hispanic Refers to the Language


A person is considered Hispanic if he or she roots from a Spanish-speaking country. The person doesn’t have to be born there, but must have ancestors from that country. There are approximately 54 million Hispanics currently living in the United States.


One or Both


There are millions of people from Latino countries who are also Hispanic. Brazilians are excluded from this group, however, because they speak Portuguese. The Hispanic label also includes the population of Spain which is not a Latino country.