Today's Date: May 16, 2022
Celmatix Announces Achievement of Key Preclinical Milestones in Premature Menopause Prevention Drug Program   •   Kim Kardashian, Ciara, Maye Musk and Yumi Nu Are Revealed as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s 2022 Cover Models   •   Mrs. Flowers Takes the Helm at Comfort Home Care, Rockville, MD   •   Five Bluum Standouts Honored on CRN 2022 Women of the Channel List   •   Checkmarx' Ana Lucia Amaral Honored as a CRN 2022 Woman of the Channel   •   Kelley Heckert From DYOPATH Named on CRN’s 2022 Women of the Channel List   •   Four recipients of the 2022 Awards of Excellence in Nursing announced from Indigenous Services Canada   •   Revolve Group, Inc. to Present at Upcoming Stifel and William Blair Investor Conferences   •   Tracey Hayes from MicroAge Named on CRN's 2022 Women of the Channel Power 70 Solution Providers List   •   As Overdoses Sharply Increase, Spero Health Brings Lifesaving Addiction Treatment with Opening of Three New Clinics in Virginia   •   HyperX Renews Team Liquid Sponsorship and Welcomes Melee God Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma as HyperX Hero and Global A   •   Tina Gravel, Jean O’Neill, Tamara Prazak, Jackie Funk and Tara Tomei Named to CRN’s 2022 Women of the Channel List   •   Denver Health Expands Leadership Team with Addition of Chief Impact Officer   •   RNR Tire Express Surprises Tampa-Area Woman with New Car in Mother's Day Giveaway   •   NCCI Golf Event Generates $25,000 for Kids' Chance of America Scholarships   •   Global Surrogacy Services Announces Outreach to Potential Gestational Surrogates in Three Southwestern States   •   Lincoln Financial expands Indexed Universal Life suite with survivorship product for wealth transfer and estate planning   •   Closing the Health Disparity Gap for Black Women   •   The Coca-Cola Company to Participate in Upcoming Investor Conferences   •   Equitable Bank Releases Inaugural ESG Performance Report
Bookmark and Share

Latino Majority Town Is Sign Of Midwest's Growing Diversity

 IOWA CITY - For the first time in decades Iowa has a minority majority town, and a University of Iowa researcher said it shows how profoundly the cultural face of Iowa and the Midwest is changing.

According to 2010 U.S. census data, the Muscatine County town of West Liberty has a Latino population of 52 percent. Of the town’s 3,736 residents, 1,951 identified themselves as Latino.

Jeff Schott, director of the University of Iowa’s Institute of Public Affairs, said that makes it the first town in Iowa with a population majority made up of minorities, possibly the first since the heyday of the Black majority coal mining town of Buxton a century ago. He said that in 2000, West Liberty’s Latino population was 42 percent.

“The overall population of racial minorities in Iowa increased moderately between 2000 and 2010, but the impact on individual cities is much more dramatic,” said Schott, who analyzed census data for the Iowa League of Cities.

He said Iowa’s Latino population grew from 2.8 percent to 5 percent. However, the census shows 50 Iowa cities now have a Latino population of 10 percent or more of their overall population, compared to only 22 cities in 2000. Census data from other Midwestern states shows similar trends.

Schott said that growth also happened in cities of all sizes and in different parts of Iowa, especially in small towns. Of those 50 cities with a 10 percent Latino population, 24 have populations of less than 1,000.

Schott said the impact of larger Latino populations is significant for policy makers and local governments. Many of the Latinos are immigrants who work in lower wage jobs and are also in need of additional government services. School districts also need to adapt to educate large numbers of students who speak little or no English.

Several other Iowa communities are close to joining West Liberty as minority majority towns, including Columbus Junction at 48 percent Latino and Denison at 42 percent. Storm Lake is 36 percent Latino and Perry is 35 percent.

Schott said the state’s Black/African American population also grew, but at a much more moderate rate than the Latino population, from 2.1 percent to 2.9 percent. African American population growth was also confined to fewer locations, and focused primarily in the larger cities.

In 2010, 22 cities had African American populations of 5 percent or more, compared to seven cities in 2000. Schott noted that only three cities have a black population of 10 percent or more, and all are larger than 50,000 population—Waterloo, Des Moines and Davenport.


STORY TAGS: IowaHispanic News, Latino News, Mexican News, Minority News, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Racism, Diversity, Latina, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News