For many of the nation’s 36.1 million Mexican-Americans, the Cinco de Mayo festivities in the U.S. often feel about as authentic as a Taco Tuesday. While the May 5 holiday commemorates the Mexican victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1861, Mexico’s independence is generally celebrated on Sept. 16.
That doesn’t mean Cinco de Mayo isn’t a cause for celebration, especially in the southwestern U.S. A Social Explorer analysis of 2014-18 American Community Survey data found 99 of the 100 Census tracts with the highest concentrations of Mexican-Americans are located in the border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. A dozen U.S. neighborhoods with more than 1,000 residents have 99 percent of the population claiming Mexican ancestry.
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Concentration of Mexican-Americans in the United States. Click here to explore further.