ERIC Number: ED393620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Hispanics and Poverty in Kansas.
Kansas Advisory Committee on Hispanic Affairs, Topeka.
Based on 1990 census figures, Hispanics have the lowest per capita income ($8,007) of all racial population groups in Kansas. Eighteen percent of Kansas Hispanics live in poverty, as do 24 percent of Hispanic children and 62 percent of Hispanic female-headed single-parent families. Hispanics in rural counties of southwestern Kansas have higher poverty rates than those in urbanized counties. The high rate of Hispanic poverty is aggravated by this population's low educational attainment, concentration in low-wage jobs, language barriers, lack of basic financial knowledge, and discrimination. Hispanics have the highest high school dropout rate (7 percent) of all population groups in Kansas. Although Hispanics have the highest labor force participation rate (66 percent) of all groups in Kansas, they work primarily in low-wage, low-skill, labor- and injury-intensive jobs that do not provide basic health insurance coverage. Hispanic poverty has unique characteristics that have not been adequately addressed by past public policy initiatives. Precollege financial assistance must be provided to Hispanics to reduce the high school dropout rate, and Hispanics should be targeted for school-to-work and other job training programs. More governmental agencies should provide program information in Spanish and educate Hispanics on basic rights. "Snapshots" of Hispanic poverty are provided for Finney, Ford, Reno, Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, and Wyandotte Counties, along with bar graphs that depict percentages of Hispanics living in poverty for seven age groups in each county. (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Advisory Committee on Hispanic Affairs, Topeka.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas