Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Latin Boom

If you are wondering why Latino power is growing in the U.S., you need only look at the numbers. Aside from the millions who have crossed into the U.S., in defiance of American law, Latinos living in the U.S. are busy making sure that the Latino population is skyrocketing.

According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 53 percent of Latinas get pregnant in their teens, about twice the national average.

After a period of decline, the birth rate for U.S. teenagers 15 to 19 years rose in 2007 by about 1 percent, to 42.5 births per 1,000, according to preliminary data in a March 2009 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

In 2007, the birth rate among non-Hispanic whites ages 15 to 19 was 27.2 per 1,000, and 64.3 per 1,000 for non-Hispanic black teens in the same age range. The teen birth rate among Hispanic teens ages 15 to 19 was 81.7 per 1,000.

And, as you know, children are the future...