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Facts for Features: Caribbean-American Heritage Month, June 2013

Press Release Number CB13-FF.16

Caribbean-American Heritage Month: June 2013

In June 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution recognizing the significance of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States. In February 2006, the resolution passed the Senate. Since that time, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This month's commemoration marks the eighth Caribbean-American Heritage Month. In celebration of this observance, the Census Bureau presents a variety of data it publishes related to people of Caribbean heritage.

How Many of Caribbean Ancestry in the United States?

2.7 million

The estimated U.S. population of West Indian ancestry. Some of the largest West Indian ancestry groups in the United States include:

  • Jamaican (1.0 million)
  • Haitian (908,000)
  • Trinidadian and Tobagonian (196,000)
  • Barbadian (62,000)
  • Bahamian (53,000)
  • U.S. Virgin Islander (17,000)

Note: The estimates for Barbadian and Bahamian are not significantly different from each other.

In addition, there are Hispanic or Latino origin groups in the Untied States who can trace their heritage to this part of the world:

  • Puerto Rican (4.9 million)
  • Cuban (1.9 million)
  • Dominican (1.6 million)

Note that these populations are not mutually exclusive, as people may be of more than one ancestry or ethnic group.

Source: 1-year 2011 American Community Survey, Tables B04006 and B03001

A wide range of data on the social, economic and housing characteristics for a number of West Indian and Hispanic or Latino groups is available via the 2006-2010 American Community Survey Selected Population Tables.

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The following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:

Black (African American) History Month (February)
Super Bowl
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
Women's History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
      St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Earth Day (April 22)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Older Americans Month (May)
Mother's Day
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
Father's Day
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)
Labor Day
Grandparents Day
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Halloween (Oct. 31)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Thanksgiving Day
The Holiday Season (December)

Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or e-mail: pio@census.gov.


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