Best Region for Hispanics — the Mid-Atlantic

Hispanics now comprise 17% of the United States population. In New Geography, Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox ask where in the country Hispanics are faring the best economically. Based on their analysis of the nation’s 52 largest metropolitan regions, it appears that Hispanics are more likely to prosper in the Mid-Atlantic than anywhere else in the country, particularly in Baltimore, Washington and Hampton Roads, although they’re doing pretty well in Texas and Florida as well.

By contrast Hispanics aren’t faring as well economically in older Northeastern and Midwestern cities. If Spanish is your native tongue, you really don’t want to wind up in Providence, R.I., or Milwaukee, Wisc.

One can’t help but wonder… why are Hispanics prospering in the Mid-Atlantic? Is this part of the country uniquely open and welcoming to Hispanics? Given the controversy over illegal immigration in Northern Virginia, that’s hard to imagine. Is the economy far more dynamic than the rest of the country? Certainly not in the past couple of years.

If I had to guess — and this is only a hypothesis — I would bet that the make-up of the Hispanic population differs. I would guess that a larger percentage of Hispanics who reside in the Mid-Atlantic live here legally. As such, they are more likely to be employed in regular jobs, not in the economic shadows, and they might well have a higher level of education.


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5 responses to “Best Region for Hispanics — the Mid-Atlantic

  1. re: ” I would guess that a larger percentage of Hispanics who reside in the Mid-Atlantic live here legally.”

    why would you think that – either?


  2. I would think the Southwest would be the home to the largest percentage of American citizens and legal residents with Hispanic heritage.

  3. Maybe because they are assimilated and speak English in our area (HR in my case) and don’t have to “Press 2 for Spanish”. I can just imagine emigrating to most other world countries and trying to “Press 2 for English”.

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