Boom of Latino population impacts central Indiana

January 24, 2006

The Latino population in Indianapolis is booming—bringing both benefits and challenges to the community.

Researchers at the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment have completed a study of Latinos in central Indiana that documents the population boom and explores the needs and characteristics of the local Latino population. The Center conducted the study in partnership with Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates for La Plaza, a key Latino nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve, empower, and integrate the Latino community of Central Indiana.

The researchers showed that Latinos are the fasting growing population group in Indianapolis, with a population that expanded from approximately 13,500 to 47,000 between 1999 and 2004. Along with this is a Latino baby boom—Latino births in Indianapolis increased 422 percent between 1997 and 2004 (from 468 to 1,977 births), a change that affects childcare providers and schools.

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