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Introduction:

In the run-up to the last year’s presidential elections, BBC New Online investigated the growing importance of the Hispanic vote.

By 2005, Hispanics will be the largest minority group in the US, surpassing African-Americans.

The Hispanic population is young - in 1997 the average age was 26-years old compared with the average for non-Hispanic whites of 37. More than 8 million Hispanics are registered to vote in the 2000 elections.

Find out more by clicking the map on the right and related stories below

TOTAL POPULATION: 275,377,000
HISPANIC POPULATION: 32,541,000
% OF TOTAL POPULATION: 11.8%
ORIGINS (millions): Mexico - 20.6; Central and South America - 4.5; Puerto Rico - 3.0; Caribbean and other countries - 2.0; Cuba - 1.4

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Click on the states for portraits of the USA's major Hispanic communities

Picture of Hispanic girl