How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Nearly three-fourths of US Latinos are citizens, and other handy facts

Immigration Ceremony

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A man takes his oath of citizenship at naturalization ceremony for 7,362 immigrants at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 27.

A post yesterday highlighted the basics from a new report exploring the characteristics of the nation's Latino population: Where most of them live (more than one in ten are in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area), who they are (65 percent nationwide are of Mexican birth or descent), and where the highest concentration of them is (Miami), along with a list of the top ten regions in the country that have the most Latino residents.

But the report where these numbers are found, released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center, goes much deeper than that. It also digs into socioeconomics, citizenship, education and other factors, and presents stark divisions that exist among the nation's most Latino cities and regions.

There's quite a bit packed into it, so I'll be breaking down the details in different posts. Among today's highlights: The Texas metro regions of San Antonio and Corpus Christi are among those boasting the highest share of Latinos who are native-born, are U.S. citizens, and are fluent English speakers. In terms of education, though, Latinos in some parts of Central California fare the worst, with roughly half lacking a high school diploma, and only a miniscule number holding college degrees.

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