CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2001 |
Newly released 2000 census data depict several of California's largest Latino groups as shrinking in the 1990s, an unexpected, improbable result that has community agencies complaining and demographers concerned. Some experts attribute it to a simple change in the census form. Others believe it is a consequence of an evolving pan-Latino consciousness that discourages people from retaining strong national identities.
July 5, 2001 |
From the moment segregation in America had a name, it has referred to the separateness of blacks and whites. But during the last decade, while blacks were making some progress in residential integration, Latinos and Asians became more isolated from other racial groups in the vast majority of the nation's large metropolitan areas, from Chicago's red-bricked grid to Phoenix's beige sprawl, a Times analysis of 2000 census data shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2001 |
With shouts of "Arriba!" whistles and thunderous applause, Los Angeles mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa was greeted like a conquering hero at a gathering of Latino officials this week. Though Villaraigosa lost the race, Latino officials, buoyed by census data showing their growing numbers, believe that victory--greater political power--is inevitable. Census findings show that there were 35.3 million Latinos in the United States in 2000, or about 12.5% of the population.
June 24, 2001 |
After 10 years of waiting for new census data and three months of analyzing it, the nation's demographics experts are sharply divided on whether segregation of blacks eased in the 1990s. Three main factions have emerged, offering up the same numbers as proof that (1) integration reached historic levels, (2) integration stalled or (3) what looks like new integration is a temporary mirage. On their debate turns a fundamental notion of American progress.
June 12, 2001 |
It is a familiar message, echoed on television, in Census Bureau reports and in the conventional wisdom of our culture: The two-parent family is in decline. But is it? Some of the newest evidence suggests that the tidal flow away from two-parent families peaked years ago and may even be starting to change course. And the strongest hints of a change in behavior are emerging from low-income and minority communities, groups that have paid the greatest price for the family breakdown since the 1960s.
May 15, 2001 |
The oldest of America's old are undergoing a population boom and--thanks to a combination of improved medication, better health care, more exercise and more education--are enjoying their waning years in remarkably good health. The number of Americans 85 and older surged 37% during the 1990s, when the nation's total population rose just 13%, according to Census Bureau figures being issued today.