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Beyond Black & White: Latinos Reciprocal Impact on the Southern Economy

Beyond Black & White: Latinos Reciprocal Impact on the Southern Economy

This year’s election highlighted the growing impact Latinos are having on the South. And there’s a reason for that: the highest rates of increase in Latino populations in the U.S. between 1990 and 2000 were in six states: North Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Alabama. None of these states are generally considered traditional settlement states—and none are the Southern states where one might expect to see such rapid growth, such as Texas or Florida.