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Latino Facts: Nation-Wide
  • Latinos are the largest minority population in the United States.1
  • Between 2000 and 2017, the percentage of Latino/Hispanic school-age children increased from 16% to 25%.2
  • 31.9% of Latinos under 18 live in poverty versus 12.3% of non-Latino Whites in 2014.3
  • The median income for a Latino family in 2014 was $42,491 versus $60,256 for a non-Latino White family.4
  • Over 25% of public elementary students are Latino.
Latino Facts: Local
  • In 2014-2015, the high school graduation rate for Latinos in the state of Georgia was 72%.
  • Georgia was ranked second for growth rate of Latinos among US states between 2000 and 2006 at 59.4%.
  • As of 2015, Latinos made up 10.7% of Atlanta's regional population  
  • Atlanta Public Schools serves more than 3,900 Latino students.
  • Atlanta’s “North Cluster” serves more than 1,800 Latino students, over 21% of the school population.8 The North Atlanta Cluster is comprised of Bolton Academy, E. Rivers, Garden Hills, Morris Brandon, Sarah Smith, Warren T. Jackson, Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School.
Family Facts: LaAmistad Afterschool
  • Families have lived an average of 9 years in the United States
  • 99% of families make less than $30,000 per year
  • 66% of families are of Mexican descent
  • 69% speak less than minimal English
1    Most Children Younger Than Age 1 are Minorities. Census Bureau Reports. United States Census Bureau. 17 May 2012.
2    Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2018
3    DeNavas-Walt, Carmen and Bernadette D. Proctor. U.S. Census Bureau. Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014. Pg. 52, 55.
4   DeNavas-Walt, Carmen and Bernadette D. Proctor. U.S. Census Bureau. Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014. Pg. 6.
8.ARC Regional Snapshot: Growth is Strong in Metro Atlanta’s Hispanic and Latino Communities
U.S. Hispanic population to triple by 2050. USA Today. 12 February 2008.
Winning the Future: Improving Education for the Latino Community. US Department of Education. September 2011.
Childhood Poverty Among Hispanics Sets Record, Leads Nation. Pew Research Hispanic Center. 28 September 2011.
Table 690. Money Income of Households—Percent Distribution by Income Level, Race, and Hispanic Origin, in Constant (2009) Dollars: 1990 to 2009.
Nhan, Doris. Interactive: State High School Graduation Rates by Race, Ethnicity. 30 November 2012.
Bernal, Barbara. An Initial Study of Georgia’s Hispanic Participation in Higher Education. American Society for Engineering Education. 2011.
Hispanic Population Doubles Across Metro Area. Atlanta Journal Constitution. 17 March 2011. Georgia Department of Education.
LaAmistad After School at Peachtree Presbyterian Church Survey. May 2013.
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