ERIC Number: ED274754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Hispanic Demographics: Looking Ahead.
McKay, Emily G.
This paper provides an overview of the current socioeconomic characteristics of Hispanics in the United States, and suggests factors of particular significance in projecting future Hispanic demographics and their implications for the Hispanic community and the broader American population. Hispanics are the second largest minority group and more than half of all mainland Hispanics live in California and Texas. A major reason for the current and projected rapid growth of the Hispanic population is their youth. Hispanics are the youngest major subgroup--in 1984, the median number of school years completed by Hispanics 25 and over was 11.3. Further, Hispanics continue to have higher dropout rates than all other groups. Income statistics indicate that Hispanic families earn substantially less than white families, and the gap is not narrowing. A major cause of low income is occupation: Hispanics tend to hold lower-paid, lower-skilled jobs than whites. One significant consequence of this is that Hispanics are more than twice as likely as white Americans to be poor. Poverty levels are especially high among female-headed households, among Hispanics with low educational levels, and among farm dwellers. Hispanic home ownership rates remain well below the rate for non-Hispanics. Finally, Hispanic voter participation has traditionally been below that of whites. (KH)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Demography, Educational Attainment, Employment Opportunities, Family Income, Hispanic Americans, Homeowners, Population Distribution, Poverty, Unemployment
National Council of La Raza, 20 F Street, N.W., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20001 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.