Background

Latinos in Kentucky

Image: Kentucky Latino Educational Alliance

 

Mexington, Kentucky

– Results from the recent 2010 U.S. Census show that Lexington’s Latino population increased by 221% in the 2000-2010 decade. This growth is evident in the Lexington/Fayette County schools where K-5 Latino enrollment is more than double that of the middle and high schools.

– The 12 counties that make up the highlighted region in the map above, including the two largest cities of Lexington and Louisville, are home to 52.8% of Kentucky’s Latino population. The region also includes the two largest school districts which collectively educate 41.2% of the state’s Latino students.

– Only 23% of Latinos in Kentucky report that they speak English very well; but 98% of Kentuckians speak only English at home (Pew Hispanic Center, 2008). Historically, the state has had a small Latino population and lacks accommodations for non-English speakers.

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