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ERIC Number: ED263294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 6
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Cuban-Americans in the United States.
Goonen, Norma, Comp.
A statistical profile of Cuban Americans was provided by the 1980 Census and by a comprehensive telephone survey. Major findings include the following: (1) In most Cuban American households, Spanish is the language most spoken, but 85 percent of the Cuban American surveyed felt that residents of the United States should use English in their public dealings. (2) More than 85 percent of Cuban Americans are Catholic; almost 30 percent attend church at least once per week. (3) More than 70 percent of Cuban Americans say they are "very close" to their families. Average Cuban family sizes vary throughout the United States. The divorce rate among Cubans is higher than that of the United States population as a whole. (4) Almost 58 percent of all Cuban Americans said they were employed full time; only 8 percent said they were unemployed. (5) A majority of Cubans are Republicans, but those under 35 are more likely to be Democrats. (6) Nearly 60 percent of all Cuban Americans live in Florida; other states with significant Cuban population include New York (9.6%), California (7.6%), Illinois (2.4%) and Texas (1.8%). (7) Since the 1950s, about 1 million cubans have emigrated to the United States; the vast majority have settled in the Miami area. (8) The Cuban American median age is 37.5 years. (9) The Cuban American community has a smaller percentage of men than the United States average. (10) Cuban American children are much more likely to attend private schools than the population as a whole, and Cubans are close to the United States average in educational attainment. (11) Young Cuban Americans are less isolated from other racial and ethnic groups than their elders, and are less militant in their opposition to Fidel Castro. (12) The average income of Cuban American households is close to the average of the general population. (13) Approximately four out of five Cubans said they would remain in the United States if Castro fell. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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