The history of the Hispanics and Latinos in Baltimore dates back to the mid-20th century. The Hispanic and Latino community of Baltimore is the fastest growing group in the city. There is a significant Hispanic/Latino presence in many Southeast Baltimore neighborhoods, particularly Highlandtown, Upper Fells Point, overall Baltimore has a small but growing Hispanic population, primarily in the Southeast portion of the area from Fells Point to Dundalk. In 1920,322 foreign-born White people in Baltimore spoke the Spanish language, in the 1930 United States Census, there were fewer than 1,000 foreign-born Latinos in Baltimore. As of the 2000 Census, the Spanish language was spoken at home by 17,805 people in Baltimore and this made Spanish the citys second most spoken language at home. In the same year,10,193 Latin American-born immigrants lived in Baltimore and this made Latin America the largest region of origin for immigrants. The 2010 Census found that the Latino population had increased by 9. 7% over the past decade, in 2000 Latinos constituted 1. 7% of the population and by 2009 Latinos had increased to 3% of the population. As of 2010, Latinos are 4. 2% of Baltimore, at 123,029 Latinos as of 2010, Baltimore has the 56th largest Latino metropolitan population in the United States. As of September 2014, the Spanish language is the most commonly spoken language in Baltimore after English, additionally,19,708 Latin Americans immigrants lived in Baltimore, making Latin America the largest region of origin for immigrants. Mexican Americans are the largest Latino group in the city, mexicans make up slightly over a quarter of Baltimores Hispanic population, forming a slight plurality over other Hispanics. There are also populations of Puerto Ricans, Salvadorans, Hondurans, Guatemalans. During the 1920s many Spanish Americans settled in Highlandtown, alongside many Greek Americans, the first Latino immigrants to the city began arriving in the 1960s. Central Americans and anti-Castro middle-class Cubans were the first to immigrate and they were followed by middle-class immigrants from Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico. 1980 saw a wave of immigration from Cuba. Most were oucasts from Cuba, mainly poor and uneducated and many being former prisoners, during the mid-1980s, many Guatemalans and Salvadorans fled to Baltimore in order to escape the Guatemalan and Salvadoran civil wars. As of 2012, city officials has been encouraging Latinos to immigrate to the city in order to stop or reverse Baltimores population decline, in order to woo Latinos to the city, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had prohibited police and social agencies from asking people about their immigration status. Rawlings-Blake has ordered the creation of a number of programs for Latinos. The growing Latino community in Upper Fells Point is sometimes called Spanish Town, Latinos have also settled in Highlandtown
La China Poblana Mexican Restaurant, Greektown, December 2014.
Latino Corner Mini Market, Greektown, December 2014.
Cecilia Altonaga, a Florida United States district court judge. She is the first Cuban-American woman to be appointed as a federal judge in the United States.