The results of the 2010 Census and the yearly American Community Surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau 2001 – 2010 highlight the demographic, economic, political, and cultural importance of the Latino population of the United States to the general public, political elites, government officials, and marketing executives of major corporations. Latinos surpassed African-Americans as the nation’s largest ‘minority’ group in 2000 and then accounted for nearly 13% of the total population. In 2010 the Census Bureau estimated that Latinos comprised about 16% of the total population of the U.S., at 51 million people. Demographic projections indicate that Latinos will number over 130 million and will make up nearly 30% of the U.S. population in 2050.
Despite the fact that various institutions in the United States focus their research, policy papers, and data gathering and presentation on Latino communities and issues, there is no one central and easily accessible repository of information on Latino populations for the general public, political leaders, professional researchers, journalists, and educators. It ought to be noted that there is no one institution in the New York metropolitan area, which serves as a central information source on Latino populations despite the importance of that population to the region. The ultimate objective of this project is:
- To bring together ALL extant data on the Latino populations of the United States from a variety of different sources.
- To create, and constantly update, an interactive internet site which will make these freely and easily accessible.
- To present these data in a variety of different formats designed for various categories of internet users from primary school teachers seeking information on Latino populations for class preparation, to professional researchers searching for specialized data sets.
Some Thematic Focuses of the Latino Data Project
- Historical Demography
- Population Size and National Composition by Region, State, County, and Major Metropolitan Area
- Sex and Age Structures and Implications for the Future
- Family Household Size and Marital Status
- Educational Attainment in Comparative Perspective
- Economic Characteristics: Occupation and Income Distribution by Region, State, County, Major Metropolitan Area, and Nationality
- Health Conditions
- Access to Medical Care
- Disease Profiles by Nationality
- Cultural Expressions
- The Formation of Transnational Communities