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Census 2000:
Hispanic/Latino
Diversity in America
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Hispanic Diversity in Income

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The number of Hispanic/Latino households falling below the poverty level does correlate with the place of origin, somewhat following the diversity in educational attainment (QuickInsight Vol 1 No. 10). Households of Puerto Rican or Mexican descent are more likely to fall below the poverty level than are households from Central/South America or Cuba. Whereas 26% of all Puerto Rican households fall below the poverty level, 17% of all Cuban households do. However, all Hispanic/Latino groups are more likely to fall below the poverty level than is true for Non-Hispanic populations.

As household incomes rise toward $35,000 there is less diversity. At 58%, Puerto Ricans are the most likely to fall below $35,000 per year, followed by households of Mexican descent. Central and South American descended households are least likely to earn less than $35,000 at 53%. All of this contrasts with the national average wherein only 43% of all households make less than $35,000.

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Poverty Level by Hispanic/Latino Origin
Source: 2000 Current Population Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

      Below
Poverty
Level
  Less
than
$35,000
  U.S. Population   12%   43%
l Total Hispanic l 23% l 56%
  Mexican   24%   57%
  Puerto Rican   26%   58%
  Cuban   17%   55%
  South American   17%   53%
  Other Hispanic   22%   54%
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Poverty is a matter of deep concern to persons of sincere faith. When that poverty takes a particular face, the church will feel compelled to address that fact in its ministries. With your leadership. . .
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l Study the Hispanic/Latino profile of your community. Are there significant percentages of the more impacted Hispanic/Latino groups?
l Discuss ways your church could develop a strategy for addressing the particular forms of poverty that occur within your community.
Build coalitions with other faith communities and social service providers and seek to reduce the poverty in your midst in some significant manner.
 
     
     
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