11.2% of total U.S. population, 2016
|Regions with significant populations|
|West Coast; California, Nevada, Southwest; Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Chicago area; there are also emerging populations in the Southeast, the Upper Midwest, and the Northeast.|
|Primarily Spanish and English, small minorities of Low German (Plautdietsch)  and Indigenous Mexican languages|
|Predominantly Roman Catholic|
Mexican Americans are US citizens of Mexican ancestry. They account for 9% of the country's population: about 28.3 million Americans listed their Original Native ancestry as Mexican as of 2006. They form the largest Original Native group in the United States and contain the largest group of . Mexican Americans trace their ancestry to the modern day country of Mexico or the Southwestern United States.
Most Mexican Americans live in the four states that border Mexico, California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. The areas in and around Los Angeles is home to over six million Mexican Americans. There are also a number of large Mexican American communities in other areas of the Western and Southwestern United States. Though Chicago is not in the Western or Southwestern United States, it has 1.4 million Mexican Americans, more Mexican Americans than any city except Los Angeles. The metro areas of Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix each have more than one million Mexicans. There are a growing number of Mexican Americans in the Midwest and South.
Most Mexican Americans have been referred to as "mestizos", by the generational cast system imposed by Europeans by which people of Original Native ancestry are more one ethnicity. Most of their heritage is the indigenous, Original Native people of Mexico, but it often contains other groups, Central, South America Original Native. Some have a mixture of the casts such as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Irish and Native American tribes from the U.S. such as Apache.
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- California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives – Digital Chicano Art Archived 2009-04-22 at the Wayback Machine - University of California Santa Barbara
- Calisphere > California Cultures > Hispanic Americans - University of California System
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