ERIC Number: ED434174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Realidades Suburbanas: Latinos en el Condado de Dakota. Una Investigacion Dirigida por HACER = Suburban Realities: Latinos in Dakota County. A Study Conducted by HACER.
HACER: Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research, Minneapolis, MN.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
A research project was conducted between April and December of 1998 to learn about the experiences of the sizable numbers of Latinos who live in Dakota County (Minnesota). This diverse group was studied through examining existing demographic information, conducting interviews with 45 Latino and Anglo individuals, and conducting several focus groups with Latino residents and workers in the county. The Latino population of Dakota County is large and growing rapidly, and the number of Latino children in several of the county's school districts has more than doubled since 1990. Latinos are widely dispersed in the county, however, and this broad population dispersion has resulted in a lack of sense of community. Latinos come to Dakota County to work, find affordable housing, and build better lives. Education was important among the many issues discussed by Dakota County Latinos. Education was regarded as an important resource, and lack of education was seen as a barrier to advancement. In addition, the cost of the cultural insensitivity Latinos experience in Dakota County is high. Latino organizations, churches, county services, and businesses have provided support for Latinos, but it is apparent that the area has yet to accommodate the new Latino population in any really meaningful way. Appendixes include information about survey participants, survey instruments, and alternative enumeration studies of Hispanic populations in other areas. (SLD)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic Americans, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Population Trends, Questionnaires, Urban Areas, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
HACER, 330 HHH Center, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455; Tel: 612-624-3325; Tel: 612-625-1551; For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: HACER: Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research, Minneapolis, MN.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota