With 18.1 percent of the state's population Hispanic in origin, New Jersey has a higher percentage of Latino residents than the nation as a whole (16.7 percent.) The largest group of New Jersey Hispanics are Mexican, with 32 million people in the Garden State. There are 4.4 million Puerto Ricans, 3.9 million Central Americans, and 2.7 million South Americans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Although New Jersey is known for its large Cuban population, they make up the smallest group of Latinos cited separately by the Census Bureau, with 1.8 million residents. Cubans are also the oldest Hispanic cohort, with 19 percent 65 years or older.