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Hispanic Demographics

By Mary Ann Zehr — September 02, 2008 1 min read

Some states are more likely than others to enroll Hispanic students born outside the United States rather than on U.S. soil, says a report released by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center.

The report also shows that U.S.-born Hispanic students are much more likely to report that they speak English “very well” than are foreign-born ones.

About three-fourths of all Hispanic students live in nine states that have traditionally been home to that ethnic group: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The report also identifies “new” Hispanic states—Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington—and an additional set that it calls “emerging” Hispanic states: Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Foreign-born Hispanic students are more likely to live in the “new” or “emerging” states than are their U.S.-born Hispanic peers.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 03, 2008 edition of Education Week

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