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Estimated U.S. Residents on Dec. 1, 2012
White alone, non-Hispanic
Hispanic, any race
Black alone or mixed, non-Hispanic
Asian alone, non-Hispanic
Other or mixed, non-Hispanic
Total U.S. resident population
Percentage of U.S. residents that is Hispanic
Population
197,733,324
53,843,741
41,469,237
15,517,890
6,297,689
314,861,881
17.1%
Estimated U.S. Catholics in 2012**
White alone, non-Hispanic
Hispanic, any race
Black alone or mixed, non-Hispanic
Asian alone, non-Hispanic
Other or mixed, non-Hispanic
Total U.S. Catholic population
Percentage of U.S. Catholics that is Hispanic
Population
41,500,000
33,100,000
2,600,000
2,600,000
900,000
80,700,000
41%
Segment of U.S. Catholics in 2012
Catholics Under Age 10
Catholics Ages 10 to 19
Catholics Ages 20 to 29
Overall Catholics
Catholics Over Age 30
Catholics with BA degrees or higher
Seminarians (Theologate)
Deacons
Bishops
Priests
Professional Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Religious Women and Men
U.S.-born Priests
% Hispanic
57%
53%
50%
41%
33%
15%
15%
12%
11%
7.5%
8%
2%
2%
Priest-to-laity Ratios in 2010
Ratio of Priests to Catholic Laity in U.S.
Ratio of Priests to Catholic Laity in Europe
Ratio of Priests to Catholic Laity in Asia
Ratio of Priests to Catholic Laity in Africa
Ratio of Priests to Catholic Laity in Latin America
Ratio of Hispanic Priests to Hispanic Catholics in U.S.
Ratio of U.S.-born Hispanic Priests to U.S.-born Hispanic Catholics
 
1 to 1,750
1 to 1,500
1 to 2,250
1 to 4,950
1 to 5,300
1 to 11,000
1 to 29,000

 
Hispanics as a Percentage of All Catholics Under Age 18 by State in 2006
 
 
 
 
Comparative Catholic Population in the United States by Age Group and Race/Ethnicity in 2011
 
 
 
 
United States Catholics Under Age 30 by Race/Ethnicity and Year
 
 
 
 
U.S. Hispanics by Age and Generation
 
 
 
 

Pastoral Categories and Needs of Young Hispanics in the U.S.

Immigrant WorkersMainstream Movers
Identity SeekersHigh Risk Youth/Gang Members
 
Pastoral Categories and Needs
 


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** Instituto Fe y Vida’s Catholic population estimates are based on the findings of the American Religious Identification Survey 2008 and the National Survey of Latinos 2011, combined with U.S. Census Bureau population estimates by age and race/ethnicity for December 1, 2011. These estimates are different from the official count of U.S. Catholics, which is based on diocesan records. The official count now stands at around 65,000,000, but it does not include any measure of race or ethnicity. Instituto Fe y Vida believes that the considerable difference between our estimates and the official count is mostly due to the underrepresentation of self-identifying Hispanic Catholics in parish registers and diocesan records.


 
 
 
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