Posts Tagged ‘Pew’

Latino Electorate Will Nearly Double In 20 Years, Pew Report Says

Monday, November 19th, 2012


(Huffington Post) If last week’s election outcome stunned Mitt Romney's campaign and converted some Republicans to the orthodoxy of urgent and comprehensive immigration reform, then a Pew Hispanic Center report released Wednesday may spin the political world off its axis.

In the next two decades, a convergence of social and demographic trends will nearly double the number of Latinos who are eligible to vote, from 23.7 million today to about 40 million by 2032, according to the Pew report. In 2012, Latinos comprised 11 percent of the electorate. They will make up 16 percent of eligible voters by 2032, the report said.

Latino voters already are the fastest-growing portion of the electorate and cast 10 percent of all the ballots in the presidential election. The Pew report shows Latinos will be an indisputable key to the White House, several state capitols and thousands of local councils and school boards. Such a dramatic shift in the American electorate -– the adults who are eligible to register and vote -– could force new political alliances, policy priorities and alter who wins public office.

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Hispanic Confidence Growing in Family Finances

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

(Hispanic Business) Hispanics are more satisfied now with their personal finances and with the direction the country is going than they were in 2011, according to a new survey from the Pew Hispanic Center.

Hispanics are more satisfied now with their personal finances and with the direction the country is going than they were in 2011, according to a new survey from thePew Hispanic Center.

More than half (51 percent) of Hispanics surveyed say they are satisfied with the nation's direction, a rise of 13 percent over 2011. That figure was 38 percent in 2001. 

Just 31 percdent of the general public says they are satisfied with how things are going in the country today.

One-third of Hispanics surveyed report that their finances are "excellent" or at least "good." The figure for 2011 was just under one-quarter, at 24 percent. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) say they expect their family finances to improve during the next 12 months. In 2011, just over two-thirds (67 percent) expressed a similar level of optimism.

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As Hispanic college enrollment steadily climbs, local colleges prepare

Saturday, September 15th, 2012


(Las Vegas Sun) Over the past four decades, the Hispanic portion of U.S. college enrollment has steadily increased, and for the first time ever, Hispanics are the largest minority group on college campuses, a new report indicates.

In Southern Nevada, institutions are executing plans to boost Hispanic enrollment and increase support services for minority students. Not only are the initiatives important to address the shifting demographics of Nevada’s schools, but they also could lead to one or more of the local colleges receiving federal Hispanic Serving Institution status, which can open doors to more funding.

According to a Pew Research Center report released in August, the number of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics enrolled in college in the United States exceeded 2 million and reached a record 16.5 percent of all U.S. college enrollments in 2011. In 1972, the Hispanic share of U.S. college enrollments was 2.9 percent.

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Latinos Top Minority College Enrollment, Pew Hispanic Center Finds

Saturday, August 25th, 2012


(National Journal) In 2011, Latinos for the first time became the largest minority group in four-year colleges and universities across the United States, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report.

The number of 18- to-24-year-old Latinos enrolled in college surpassed 2 million in 2011, accounting for 16.5 percent of the student population. The increase may be associated as much with population growth as with modest gains in high school graduation rates, according to the report released on Monday by the nonpartisan research center.

High school graduation rates reached an all-time high for Latinos in 2011, the Pew study found. The number of Latinos earning a high school diploma or General Education Development certificate increased to 76 percent in 2011, up from 73 percent in 2010, researchers said. Nearly 47 percent of those graduates were enrolled in a two-year community college or four-year undergraduate program.

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New Pew Hispanic analysis reveals majority of undocumented immigrants have deep roots in the U.S.

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

( How long does a person have to live in a foreign country before he/she calls it home?

Six months? One year? Three years? Ten years?

The answer, of course, is however long it takes for that person to feel comfortable in their surroundings. While some people quickly adapt and make themselves at home, for others it may take a few years. But it's a safe bet to assume that if a person has been living in a foreign country for 15 years or more, then they're feeling right at home.

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Foreclosures drain African-American wealth

Friday, October 21st, 2011

(St. Louis American) Recently the Pew Research Center released an alarming report highlighting the fact that white Americans now have 20 times more wealth than African Americans and 18 times more wealth than Hispanic Americans. While this came as a shock to some, it is par for the course for others.

Historically, whites have always earned and accumulated more wealth than minorities in American society. Despite this, the white-black wealth gap is the widest it has been since the census began tracking the disparity in 1984, when the ratio was roughly 12 to 1.

The collapse of the housing market bubble coupled with the recession caused median wealth to fall by 53 percent for African-American households, 66 percent for Hispanics and 16 percent for whites. One of the main reasons for such a major decline in minority wealth is due to the fact that African Americans and Hispanic Americans tend to invest heavily in their homes without investing in other asset building products such as stocks, bonds and savings accounts.

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Interactive: How Latinos Are Reshaping Communities

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

(NPR) Over the past decade, the story of population growth in the United States was defined largely by the story of Latinos emerging as the nation's largest minority.

They surpassed African-Americans for that distinction, by accounting for 56 percent of America's growth from 2000 to 2010. They now number more than 50 million. Put another way, 1 in every 6 U.S. residents is Latino.

Hispanics remain heavily concentrated in states such as California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida and New York. The majority reside in just three of those states — California, Texas and Florida.

Yet the 2010 count showed that Hispanics have begun to fully spread across the nation.

Their populations increased in virtually every state. And on the local level, Hispanics increased their populations in 2,962 of America's 3,142 counties. They declined in number in 108 counties.

The greatest gains occurred in the South and Midwest, which have had traditionally low Hispanic populations, but have attracted Hispanics with lower costs of living and jobs in agriculture.

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Latinos Embrace Social Media, Use Twitter To Raise Awareness Of Community Issues And Propose Solutions

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

(CNN) s a musician and social justice activist, online social media has helped Maria Isa sell more CDs and mobilize the growing number of Latinos in her home city of Minneapolis.

Isa wasn't surprised that a study published this summer said Hispanics are among the most active social media users.

"Social media is about accessibility for me," Isa said. "I can send information to my audience with the push of a button on my cell. I'm able to expand my message of social justice in the Latino community and also my work and the works of others who network with me."

There's a growing online audience of people of color. Latinos and African Americans are more than twice as likely to use Twitter as white non-Hispanics, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

Much of the reason? Cell phones. Nearly 90% of English speaking Hispanics use mobile devices. But New York Daily News columnist and author Juan Gonzalez said it's an extension of Latino culture.

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How to Restore Blacks’ Upward Mobility?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

(The Root) In his jobs speech earlier this month, President Barack Obama spoke eloquently of a time when Americans felt that hard work invariably paid off. We "believed in a country where everyone gets a fair shake and does their fair share."

I'm not convinced that most black Americans ever really felt that way. Many of us instead were convinced that the deck was stacked against us, that no matter how hard we worked, we would never get a fair shake. But even in the midst of our deepest despair, we were hopeful for our children. We believed that, whatever we had to go through, life would be better for those who followed.

A major new study has dashed a bucket of cold water on that dream. The report, by the Economic Mobility Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, points out that a third of Americans who are born in the middle class (defined by Pew as those between the 30th and 70th percentiles of the income distribution) lose their middle-class status as adults.

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Twitter More Popular Among African American Users

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

(RedOrbit) According to a survey released on Wednesday, more American adults are using Twitter these days, and the micro-blogging service is more popular among African Americans and Latinos.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project said that thirteen percent of the online adults aged 18 and older use Twitter, which is up eight percent from November 2010.

Twenty-five percent of the African-Americans surveyed told Pew they use the service, while 19 percent of the Hispanics and nine percent of the whites said the same thing.

“One in 10 African-American Internet users now visit Twitter on a typical day — that is double the rate for Latinos and nearly four times the rate for whites,” Pew said.

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