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Those in the Eastern United States tend to prefer the term Hispanic, whereas those in the West tend to prefer Latino.In Spanish, Latina is used for persons of feminine gender; Latino is used for those of masculine gender, or by default.

A Brazilian American is also a Latino by this definition, which includes those of Portuguese-speaking origin from Latin America. Census Bureau's definition of "Hispanic" is limited to Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America, other government agencies have slightly different definitions of the term.

An immigrant from Spain, however, would be classified as Hispanic but not Latino by this definition. The US Department of Transportation defines "Hispanic" as "persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central or South American, or other Spanish or Portuguese culture or origin, regardless of race." This definition has been adopted by the Small Business Administration as well as by many federal, state, and municipal agencies.

Unlike the Census Bureau's definition, this clearly includes people with origins in Portuguese-speaking countries.

Preference of use between the terms among Hispanics and Latinos in the United States often depends on where users of the respective terms reside.

The @ symbol is seen as containing both the masculine 'o' and feminine 'a', thus serving a similar purpose.

earlier than any other colonial group of European origin.For example, a group of mixed or unknown gender would be referred to as Latinos.In the 21st century, the neologisms Latinx and [email protected] The X functions as a variable, encompassing those who identify as male, female, or non-binary.Conversely, Hispanic immigrants to the New York City metropolitan area derive from a broad spectrum of Latin American states.A study published in 2015 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, based on 23and Me data from 8,663 self-described Latinos, estimated that Latinos in the United States carried a mean of 65.1% European ancestry, 18.0% Native American ancestry, and 6.2% African ancestry.Under this definition, immigrants from Spain and immigrants from Latin America are both Latino.