Did you know?
The Census Bureau counted 39,399 people of Hispanic descent in 1970. In 1980, the number grew to 72,288. In 1990, the number of Hispanics living in Travis increased to 121,699, and in 2000 there were 229,048. The 2010 Census count of Hispanic may push the number to over 400,000.
The first Mexican American woman to run for public office in Travis County was a 32 year old mother named Edna Canino. She ran for school board in the Austin Independent School District in 1970.
Today, there are 19 Hispanics who hold elective office in Travis County.
There are more than 8,000 Hispanics currently enrolled in Austin Community College
There are more than 7,000 Hispanic currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin.
There are 530 Hispanic attorneys in Travis County
There are 116 Hispanic Firefighters in Austin, Texas
There are approximately 1,500 Hispanic teachers employed by the Austin Independent School District.
Since 1948, more than 500 Hispanics have appeared on the ballot in Travis County. (They are all listed in the almanac.)
There are over 4,500 Hispanics on probation in Travis County.
There are 123 Hispanic music groups based in Austin, Texas
There are 13 newspapers in Travis County that target the Hispanic community.
There are 158 Hispanic community based organizations in Austin, Texas. (They are all listed in the almanac.)