The Hispanic Demographic Explosion: Coming to a Town Near You (Aspen Policy Series)
Featured scholars: Angelica Perez-Litwin and Marco Davis. //
One in four public school kindergarteners today are Latino. Hispanics will account for 50 percent of US population growth by 2020 and 80 percent by 2060. This growth is driven by American-born Hispanics, not new immigration. This historic demographic shift is coming just as our country’s baby boomers are aging and non-Hispanic, non-Asian birth rates are declining. Latinos are starting businesses at three times the rate of other Americans. They account for $1.3 trillion in buying power — a market larger than all but 15 countries in the world. Yet they are largely un- or under-represented at the decision-making tables that impact our future. This relatively young group will bring new vitality to our economy and society, if we get it right. What kind of education, economic, integration, and civic participation policies must be in place to ensure that we do get it right?