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Hispanics are less likely to be covered by health insurance in every state in the union, according to new figures released late last week by the Census Bureau, the Washington Post reports.
Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country, with about one in four people having no coverage at all.
Two South Texas counties have among the highest rates of people without health insurance in the nation—Hidalgo County has the highest rate among urban counties at 38.9% and Maverick County has the highest rate among medium-sized counties at 35.1%—with working Hispanic men in South Texas the most likely to not have coverage, Insurance Journal reports.
The Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates are a statistical analysis of the American Community Survey data and other census information combined with federal income tax, Medicaid, food stamps and County Business Patterns records. The dataset is for 2011, the latest year available.
Minority births now outnumber White births, Census data show.
With this growing group of “minority-majority” Americans, increasingly Hispanic and Asian, it begs the question: what are the trends in Hispanic baby names?
The trend in “bilingual” names is continuing among Latino parents, with many choosing names that look or sound the same in English and Spanish, but Anglo names were a popular choice as well, according to babycenter.com.
The 2012 trends also show that Latino parents looked beyond telenovelas for baby-name inspiration, to darker, more mysterious stories such as vampire tales. And, of course, you can’t miss the influence of celebrities.
Top boy names in 2012 were:
Top girl names in 2012 were:
9. María José
The list of most popular names was drawn from more than 60,000 names of babies born in 2012 to U.S. mothers and Latin America who registered on BabyCenter en Español.
Here also is a list of “trendy” Latin baby names, from MamásLatinas:
A majority of the nation’s children will be minorities before the decade is out, a new Census analysis shows, the Washington Post reports.
Census data had incidctaed that most children will be minorities by 2023, but demographer William H. Frey said that landmark will be reached years earlier, as unexpectedly rapid growth among Hispanics and Asians is creating a demographic age gap already is visible in classrooms and playgrounds.
More from the news report:
Latinos already are the largest minority among schoolchildren nationwide. One in five students overall is Latino; among kindergarteners, it’s one in four. They lag behind other children in achievement, with half never finishing high school.
More needs to be done at an earlier age to help them bridge the gap, said Thelma Melndez de Santa Ana, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the Education Department.
“America’s future is tied to the success of Latino students,” she said.
Read more here.
Whites who dominated Texas’s population for generations are growing older and more dependent on the earning power and taxes of younger Hispanics, now poised to take over as the state’s largest demographic group, Bloomberg reports.
Of the 25 million people in Texas in the 2010 Census, 37.6% were Hispanic and 45.3% were whites.
Yet Hispanics disproportionately fill the ranks of younger Texans. Hispanics comprise 48.3% of Texans under age 18, up from 40.5% in 2000. The percentage of whites in the same age group fell to 33.8% from 42.6% in 2000, according to new Census data.
Here more from the Bloomberg report:
“All the institutions and services that affect children in Texas will need to really pay attention,” said demographer William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “These people may not yet vote but they will in the future. They’re going to be an important part of the electorate, and this will really put an exclamation point on that.”
The data confirm Hispanics are on pace to become the biggest ethnic group in the state by 2015, said Steve Murdock, a former U.S. Census director who teaches sociology at Rice University in Houston. A gap is forming, he said, between youthful Hispanics and aging non-Hispanic whites, known colloquially in Texas as “Anglos.”
Non-Hispanic whites now account for 68 percent of Texans 65 years and older, compared with Hispanics’ 20 percent share of that age segment, Murdock calculates.
“It’s a tipping point,” state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, told the New York Times, according to the Texas Tribune, San Antonio, now two-thirds Hispanic, “looks like what Texas is going to look like in 15 years.”
U.S. racial minorities accounted for roughly 85 percent of the nation’s population growth over the last decade — one of the largest shares ever — with Hispanics accounting for much of the gain in many of the states picking up new House seats, the Associated Press reports.
Preliminary census estimates, based on survey data, also suggest the number of multiracial Americans jumped roughly 20 percent since 2000, to over 5 million.
Broken down by voting age, minorities accounted for roughly 70 percent of U.S. growth in the 18-and-older population since 2000, and Hispanics made up about 40 percent.
Hispanics also represented more than half the growth share of the population in Texas and California.
“The growth of the Hispanic community is one of the stories that will be written from the 2010 census,” Census director Robert Groves said Wednesday, previewing major demographic trends, including the movement of many minorities from city to suburb, according to the Associated Press. “We should see a big difference from 2000 to 2010.”
In all, non-Hispanic whites make up roughly 65% of the U.S. population, down from 69% in 2000.
Hispanics had a 16% share, compared with 13% a decade ago. Blacks represent about 12% and Asians roughly 5%. Multiracial Americans and other groups made up the remaining 2%.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that job losses since the start of the recession in December 2007 totaled 8.4 million, substantially more than previously reported, which means continued bad economic news for Latinos, according to a news report from the National Institute for Latino Policy.
From January 2009 to 2010, the Latino unemployment rate rose from 9.9 to 12.6 percent, compared to 8.7 percent for non-Latino Whites.
That means more than than 2.8 million Latinos are unemployed — 30.6 percent of the total number of unemployed in the U.S., according to statistics from the Current Population Survey (CPS) by the Census Bureau.
SaludToday just learned from MATT.org, a group trying to improve U.S./Mexico relations, that there are new efforts to encourage Latinos to be counted in the 2010 Census.
One is a “Portrait of America” Road Tour by the folks at the Census to get underrepresented groups to participate.
Another is a new Facebook page called Cuéntame, or “Count Me In”, by the Brave New Foundation. The new page asks encourages Latinos to share personal stories and participate in the Census. Watch their video here or below.