The changing face of Salem and Keizer, Oregon

MP900439454One in every four persons in the Salem-Keizer area identifies as Latino or not White.

According to the US Census, at least 80% of persons who identify as not White also identify as Latino; the rest identify as being from a Pacific Islander community, Black, Asian, Native American, multiracial or other.

The Latino population of Salem and Keizer alone grew, on average, 374% from 1990 to 2008.

In 1997, this same population was about 12% of the student population enrolled in the Salem-Keizer School District.  Latinos make up 40% of the student population enrolled for the 2014-2015 school year, plus another 11% of students who are multi-ethnic, Asian, Pacific Islander, African American, or American Indian.

The Salem-Keizer School District is now majority non-White.  Some individual schools in East Salem are 60% or higher population who is Latino or not-White.

And despite being communities deeply impacted by poverty, Latino and Asian Oregonians have a combined purchasing power of nearly $15 Billion, per year.

It is now time to build a bright community, and everyone should play an active role!


Posted on: April 6, 2015, by : Administrator

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