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Venezuela is a small– to medium–sized Hispanic country located in South America. It is one of over 20 Hispanic nations in the world, and Venezuelan Americans are one of 20 Hispanic or Latino groups in the U.S.
While other U.S. citizens or residents with national origins in any of the Hispanic American countries may be closely related to Spaniards in language and culture, Venezuelan Americans also reflect their diversified culture, which includes influences from Italians, Portuguese, Germans, and the French, along with influences from African and indigenous Amerindian elements. Venezuelan Spanish is the group's spoken form of the Spanish language.
The largest concentration of Venezuelans in the United States is in South Florida, especially the suburbs of Doral and Weston. In recent years, more Venezuelans opposing the economic and political policies of the president Hugo Chávez are migrating to the U.S. (mostly to Florida, but New York City and Houston are other destinations).
The Venezuelan American population is highly educated. Its members have bachelor's, graduate, and professional degrees at nearly double (48.5%) the total national percentage (27%), while only 6% of the group's adults did not complete high school, compared to 15.9% of the total national population.
Among U.S. communities in 2000 wherein one thousand or more people indicated their ancestry, those where at least 1% of people claimed Venezuelan ancestry were:
The top 25 U.S. communities with the most residents born in Venezuela are: