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Growing Diversity Amongst US Hispanics-“Not Only Mexicans”

A new Brown University study has come out with the surprising results of over 10 years of data collection tracking trends within the Hispanic, or Latino community in the US. The study looks at everything from national origins, to socio-economic background, regional dispersion, levels of integration and separation from the mainstream community, and neighborhood quality.

The report can be found in full HERE

However, one of the most interesting parts of this study can be found in the study’s tagline “Not only Mexicans.” Because Mexicans make-up the predominant percentage of the Latino community in the US (coming in at around 60%) most of the perceptions of, and dialogue regarding the Latino community prior to this research has focused exclusively on Mexicans. 

The study shows that other groups are rapidly growing and competing for the clout of Mexicans. The US Puerto Rican and Cuban populations have all swelled to over a million people, while Dominicans, Salvadorians, and Guatemalans all number somewhere in the half-millions. And though Mexicans are thought to be the dominant Latino force in the US, other groups (Argentines, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans) are doing much better financially than Mexicans, earning a living that is, on average, $10,000 more annually.

Check out the site for more information on the changing Latino population in the US. There are some cool charts included that provide a visual into these insightful and surprising statistics! 

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