The purpose of this study was to characterize and compare neuropsychiatric symptoms in a sample of 367 community-dwelling subjects: 70 Hispanics and 230 non-Hispanic white patients with Alzheimer's disease, and 22 Hispanics and 45 non-Hispanic white healthy age-matched controls. Neuropsychiatric symptoms were common among all patients with Alzheimer's disease. In the Alzheimer's disease groups, Hispanic subjects presented to the initial assessment with more symptoms than non-Hispanic white subjects did. In comparison to the non-Hispanic white population, the proportion of Hispanics with neuropsychiatric and behavioral symptoms was higher. These findings have implications for differential sociocultural presentations of Alzheimer's disease among ethnic/racial groups.