Some fun facts about the holiday and related stats from the Census Bureau (2012 release)
The gist: Cinco de Mayo celebrates the legendary Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, in which a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced 6,000 well-trained French soldiers. The battle lasted four hours and ended in a victory for the Mexican army under Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza. Along with Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, Cinco de Mayo has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.
Other pertinent facts, according to Census:
Mexican Population; 31.8 million .The number of U.S. residents of Mexican origin, according to the 2010 Census. These residents accounted for about three-quarters (63 percent) of the 50.5 million Hispanics and increased 54 percent, growing from 20.6 million in 2000 to 31.8 million in 2010.
Geographic Distribution: 61%. Percentage of the Mexican-origin population in the United States that resided in California (11.4 million) and Texas (8.0 million) in 2010.
Foreign-Born: 11.7 million, Number of Mexican-born U.S. residents in 2010, representing 29 percent of the foreign-born population.
Language spoken at home: 75.3%. Percentage of Mexican-origin people who spoke a language other than English at home; among these people, 36 percent spoke English less than “very well.” Among the population as a whole, the corresponding figures were 21 percent and 9 percent, respectively.
The Census Bureau forgot a key stat, and so I was wondering .. how many avocados are sold for Cinco de Mayo. I Googled it and Dallasnews.com had the answer. 81 million pounds. Remind me to pick up some guac on the way home.
Despite the giant appetite for avocados this week, a check of the USDA’s average price tool how a stable f.o.b. market of about $31 per carton for all origins.
Speaking of census, the U.S. has published the 2012 Agricultural Census.
Find the link to state level data here ...