chapter  17
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The principal origins of Hispanic persons in the United States are the country of Mexico, the country of Cuba, and Puerto Rico. In 1990, there were twentytwo million Hispanics in the United States. They were concentrated in nine states, led by California and Texas. Eighty-five percent of Mexican-Americans lived in the Pacific, Mountain, and West South-Central regions of the country. The majority of Puerto Ricans lived in New York City and several adjacent urban areas.2