The Social Demography of Latinos

Awarded Scholars:
Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University
Project Date:
Sep 2017
Award Amount:

The nation’s 56 million Latinos constitute the largest minority group, representing about 18% of the total population. There have been previous national-level assessments of Latinos using 1970, 1980 and 2000 census data. However, the dot-com recession of 2000, the Great Recession of 2007-09, and increasing income and wealth inequalities have influenced a white populist reaction and exacerbated divisions of race, class and legal status. These divisions intensified during the 2016 election. Yet, there has been no systematic analysis on the status and welfare of Latinos since 2000. Sociologist Douglas Massey, in collaboration with economist Amelie Constant, will undertake a comprehensive assessment of the current state and likely future status of Latinos by analyzing 1970-2015 trends in their demographic, political, socioeconomic, and residential circumstances in the four census regions (Northeast, Midwest, South, and West). 


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