Latinos make up nearly 19 percent of the state’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but unlike most states only 2.6 percent of them are Mexican. According to the American Community Survey, 229,587 people of Mexican origin live in New Jersey, which is more than Cubans, who make up 1 percent of the population in the Garden State. The largest group of Latinos in New Jersey are of Puerto Rican origin, making up 5.4 percent of Hispanics.
About 10 percent of the total population is of “other” Hispanic origin. These include more than 81,000 people from Ecuador, 76,000 from Colombia, 41,000 from El Salvador, and 40,000 from Guatemala.
Nationally, the vast majority of Latinos are from Mexico; the U.S. Census bureau estimates there are 11.6 million Mexicans living in the United States.