Persons (based on self-identification) who are descendants of the Spanish settlers in the Southwest; descendants of early immigrants from Mexico; recent immigrants and their descendants from Mexico; Cuban refugees and their descendants; Puerto Ricans; and immigrants and their descendants from Spain and Central and South America. Hispanic is a cultural identification and not a race category. Persons of Hispanic origin can be of any race.
A term grouping all people of Spanish-speaking descent. This is the preferred inclusive term in some regions, especially in the Southwest. See Chicano/Chicana, Latino/Latina, Mexican American, Tejano/Tejana.
Persons of Hispanic Origin identifying themselves generally as Spanish, Spanish-American, Hispanic, Hispano, Latino, etc. Origin can be viewed as ancestry, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person's parents or ancestors.
A self-designated classification for people whose origins are from Spain, the Spanish-speaking countries of Central or South America, the Caribbean, or those identifying themselves generally as Spanish, Spanish-American, etc. Origin can be viewed as ancestry, nationality, or country of birth of the person or personís parents or ancestors prior to their arrival in the United States. Spanish/Hispanic/Latino people may be of any race. (Census)