By Committee on Transforming Our Common Destiny: Hispanics in the United States;Committee on Population;Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education;National Research Council

Given present demographic traits, approximately one in 5 U.S. citizens might be of Hispanic starting place by means of 2025. This significant demographic shift and its implications for either the USA and the transforming into Hispanic inhabitants make "Multiple Origins, doubtful Destinies" a such a lot well timed ebook. This file from the nationwide examine Council describes how Hispanics are reworking the rustic as they disperse geographically. It considers their roles in faculties, within the hard work industry, within the wellbeing and fitness care process, and in U.S. politics. The ebook appears rigorously on the assorted populations encompassed via the time period Hispanic, representing immigrants and their kids and grandchildren from approximately dozen Spanish-speaking nations. It describes the trajectory of the more youthful generations and demonstrated citizens, and it tasks long term traits in inhabitants getting older, social disparities, and social mobility that experience formed and may form the Hispanic event.

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S. residents will be Hispanic, up from nearly 1 in 7 in 2005. 2 Past waves of immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean fueled Hispanic population growth during the last two decades of the 20th century, and while immigration is still a potent force behind the numbers, today the children and grandchildren of immigrants are spurring the increase. -born citizens will have major social, economic, cultural, and political impacts on the nation between now and midcentury—impacts that will be intensified by the simultaneous aging of the larger white population.

Traditionally, Hispanics have big families (see Chapter 5). 8 Cuban women are an exception, having a fertility rate nearly identical to that of whites. This difference is due partly to the older average age at which Cuban women begin having children—older than women from other Hispanic subgroups, placing them past their prime reproductive years—and partly to their higher levels of education and rates of labor force participation. More-educated men and women have fewer children. On average, immigrant Mexican, Central American, and Dominican women complete only primary or middle school, but most Cuban women hold high school diplomas or complete some college, which prompts many to postpone marriage and childbearing in order to begin careers.

It identifies important ways in which Hispanics differ from earlier immigrant groups with emphasis on contextual issues, notably contemporary economic conditions and the aging majority population. Chapter 5 examines four key dimensions of the Hispanic experience: family and living arrangements, schools and education, economic wellbeing, and health status and access to care. The discussion highlights the risks and opportunities whose outcomes will shape the future of Hispanics in the United States.

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