Mexicans in the U.S. continue to influence market power, demographics, art, fashion, music, and more. Since it's almost time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, here are 7 ways the U.S. is more Mexican than ever!
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Power in numbers:
The size of the Mexican-origin population in the U.S. has increased dramatically, according to the Pew Research Hispanic Center. A record 33.7 million Mexicans resided in the U.S. back in 2012, including Mexican-born and U.S. citizens who self-identified as Mexican for the census. This means Mexicans make up nearly two-thirds or 64 percent of the U.S. population. Perhaps this increases our chances of having a Latino president one day...
Regional Mexican music dominates:
Whether you blast it at parties or use it to heal a broken corazón, Regional Mexican is known as one of the most popular and fastest-growing genres in Latin music. This includes a variety of styles including, norteño, mariachi, banda and duranguense.
Thanks to artists like Jenni Rivera, Los Tigeres del Norte, Vicente Fernandez and many more, the genre has been able to get more airplay in the U.S. throughout the years. Ay-ay-ay! Yes, we love it.
Everyone loves Mexican food:
You aren’t alone when it comes to your weekly cravings for some Mexican grub. Due to the growing demographic and popularity, restaurants have been adapting to increasing demand for Mexican cuisine. According to PR Web, the Mexican restaurant industry has grown with an estimated 1.4% annualized five-year rate to $30.7 billion. Now that’s something to eat up!
Cinco de Mayo:
Everyone is Mexican on Cinco de Mayo! Each year, countless of people down margaritas and nachos in honor of the special day, which often gets confused as Mexican Independence Day (September 16th). A day celebrating Mexican heritage? Yes, we will cheers to that!
More dolls are Mexican:
Mattel’s Mexican Barbie hit shelves last month for their “Dolls of the World” collection. Complete with a ruffled dress, Chihuahua, and passport, the doll definitely stirred up controversy for being stereotypical. The company also launched the Dia de los Muertos doll named Skelita Calaveras back in November. Some are paying attention to our market power!
Aztec-style prints, huaracha sandals, and other Mexican-inspired fashions are super popular for achieving the bohemian look of the season! Of course, we can’t forget the Frida Kahlo-inspired hairstyle from Misha Nonoo's spring 2013 runway collection. Fab, of course.
3Ball MTY, Café Tacuba, and Rodriguez hit the stage to represent for their Mexican and Latino roots during the Coachella festival in California last month. The groups represented a more diverse mix than is typically seen at the concert series. We can only imagine the performances growing in years to come!