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#5Things: Hispanic Heritage Month

Why the middle of September? Here are a few facts you might not know about the Hispanic population in the US and Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15 kicked off the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, but here are some facts you might not know...

1. The timing: why the middle of September? Because of days like Tuesday: September 16 was Mexican Independence Day! On Tuesday, many Central American countries also celebrated their independence--all in the middle of the month...

2. The numbers: 54.1 million--that's how many Hispanics live in the United States. Over half of that population live in California, Texas, and Florida alone...that's a buying power of over a trillion dollars!

3. The people: from astronauts to senators to athletes and a Supreme Court Justice, Hispanics have risen to the top in all walks of American life.

4. The music: who doesn't love the sounds of Celia Cruz, Cachao, Vicente Fernandez, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval...just to name a few!

And of course with Latino music...comes the dancing, as José demonstrated on the TODAY Show earlier this month...

5. #WhatLatinoMeansToMe: BuzzFeed kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by asking Latinos across the country to self-identify and tell them what being Latino means for them. 

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