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The Latino Population: Its Latest Expansion in the US

  • Author(s): Parodi, Claudia
  • et al.
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In this paper I will address the distribution of the Latino population in the U.S. I will show that it is the largest minority group, including the black population. I will show as well that the Latino population is widespread all over the U.S., even if the traditionally Hispanic states continue to have the heaviest Latino population: California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois. The effect of the distribution of the population is the expansion of Spanish as a heritage language and its increasing interest in academic environments. In fact, Spanish is the most widely spoken language at home and it is the most studied foreign language in schools and universities.

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