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Census 2000:
Hispanic/Latino
Diversity in America
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A Graduated Scale
Hispanic Diversity in Educational Attainment

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l Educational attainment among persons of Hispanic/Latino origin is another face of the diversity that exists within the larger Hispanic/Latino population. While educational attainment ranges from less than 9th grade to graduate school, focusing on high school graduation provides a helpful insight into the diversity. Of the total US population, 84% have at least graduated from high school. Among all Hispanic/Latinos, this drops to 57%. Forty-three percent have not completed high school. When the Hispanic/Latino population is segmented, Cubans and Other Hispanics are near the national level while Mexican descent drops to 51%. Clearly, educational attainment is influenced by place of origin. l
     
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Hispanic/Latino Diversity in Income
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High School Graduates by Hispanic Origin
Source: 2000 Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

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  U.S. Population   15.9%   84.1%
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  Mexican   49%   51%
  Puerto Rican   35.7%   64.3%
  Cuban   27%   73%
  South American   35.7%   64.3%
  Other Hispanic   28.4%   71.6%
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Look for evidence of Hispanic/Latino educational attainment diversity in your community. (Educational attainment is known to be a strong factor supporting self-determination.)
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l Examine demographic reports that report the educational attainment levels of the Hispanic/Latino population by places of origin.
l Discuss with your leaders and/or congregation how you might address this issue. Consider ways to develop ministries that are sensitive to the cultural diversity represented by the diversity of educational attainment present in your community.
 
     
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Consider ways to develop ministries that are sensitive to the cultural diversity of educational attainment present in your community.
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l If your community has significant numbers of persons from the educationally impacted Hispanic/Latino groups, consider tutoring or educational mentoring programs.
 
     
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