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(Pictured above) Mexican-American astronaut Jose Hernandez makes his first trip into space on Aug. 28. He will be among the astronauts when NASA shuttle Discovery travels to the International Space Station.
The number of Hispanic surnames ranked among the 15 most common in 2000. It was the first time that a Hispanic surname reached the top 15 during a census. Garcia was the most frequent Hispanic surname, occurring 858,289 times and placing eighth on the list -- up from 18th in 1990. Rodriguez (ninth), Martinez (11th) and Hernandez (15th) were the next most common Hispanic surnames.
The median income of Hispanic households in 2007, statistically unchanged from the previous year after adjusting for inflation.
The number of Hispanic citizens who reported voting in the 2008 presidential election, about 2 million more than voted in 2004. The percentage of Hispanic citizens voting -- 50 percent -- represented a statistical increase from 2004 (47 percent).
The number of Hispanic veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
The percentage of Hispanics who lacked health insurance in 2007, down from 34.1 percent in 2006.
Source: U.S. Census Facts for Features