So I pick up my paper to see that 51% of all Hispanic births take place out of wedlock? Why? Here are some more facts: INCOME AND WEALTH Per capita income of Hispanics is one half that of non-Hispanic whites, and household net worth is less than one tenth. Fifty percent of Hispanic households use some form of welfare, the highest rate of any major population group. CRIME Hispanics are 3.3 times more likely to be in prison than whites; they are 4.2 times more likely to be in prison for murder, and 5.8 times more likely to be in prison for felony drug crimes. Young Hispanics are 19 times more likely than young whites (and slightly more likely than young blacks) to be in youth gangs. EDUCATION Hispanics drop out of high school at three times the white rate and twice the black rate. Even third-generation Hispanics drop out of school at a higher rate than blacks and are less likely to be college graduates. From 1992 to 2003, Hispanic illiteracy in English rose from 35 percent to 44 percent. The average Hispanic 12th-grader reads and does math at the level of the average white 8th-grader. FAMILIES AND HEALTH At 43 percent, the Hispanic illegitimacy rate is twice the white rate, and Hispanic women have abortions at 2.7 times the white rate. Hispanics are three times more likely than whites not to have medical insurance, and die from AIDS and tuberculosis at three times the white rate. In California, the cost of free medical care for illegal aliens forced 60 hospitals to close between 1993 and 2003. ATTITUDES Only 33 percent of citizens of Hispanic origin consider themselves Americans first. The rest consider themselves either Hispanic/Latino or their former nationality first.