2012.05.09 > For Immediate Release
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OLLAS Releases New Metro Area Latino Population Fact Sheet
Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) today issued the first in a series of three fact sheets that focus closely on the Latino population in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. The project is funded by the Iowa West Foundation in collaboration with the Mammel Foundation, anonymous donors and UNO.
The publication is now available on the OLLAS website, www.unomaha.edu/ollas .
Data for the Fact Sheet are based on OLLAS tabulations taken from the 2010 Census and other government sources.
“Central to the mission of OLLAS is the generation of reliable information and analyses about Latino and Latin American populations,” said Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS. “We hope this entire series of fact sheets will be useful to policy makers, students and all community stakeholders.”
A few of the report’s highlights:
• About a quarter of the combined Latino population in Iowa and Nebraska, or 77,508 Latinos, live in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area.
• The largest concentration of Latinos in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, or 83.6 percent, is found in just three cities: Council Bluffs in Iowa, and Bellevue and Omaha in Nebraska.
• The Latino population living in the metro area grew by 93 percent between 2000 and 2010. In contrast, the non-Latino White population growth rate was only six percent while the Black population grew moderately at almost 14 percent during the same decade.
• The Latino population in Pottawattamie County grew at a slightly higher rate during the 2000-2010 decade, compared to the previous one. In contrast, Omaha’s Latino population grew at less than half the earlier decade’s rate.
• The median age of Whites in the metro area was almost twice as high as that of Latinos.
• In Nebraska more than 56 percent of the Latino population growth during the 10-year period was due to natural increase. In Iowa, however, less than half of the change, about 46 percent, was due to natural increase.
• By 2040, more than a quarter of the metro population will be Hispanic. In contrast, the White population will continue its decline and by 2040 will make up about 60 percent of the metro area population.
• 36 percent of the total Latino population will be eligible to vote in the 2012 elections.
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