Fast facts about the Latino community in Minnesota. While Minnesota’s total population grew modestly between 1990 and 2000 (from approximately 4.38 million to 4.92 million, or 12 percent), the Hispanic/Latino population grew sharply (from approximately 54,000 to 143,000, or 168 percent). .
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*Most Hispanic/Latino people were U.S. born citizens. In 2000, almost 60 percent of Hispanic/Latino people in Minnesota were U.S. born citizens. Another 8 percent were naturalized citizens.
Minnesota ranks among the top ten states in the country in terms of growth rate of Latino buying power. Latino buying power in Minnesota grew 502.9% from 1990 to 2003 (Source: Selig Center).
Buying power of Latinos across Minnesota rose from $516 million in 1990 to $3.1 billion in 2003 (Source: The Business Journal).
Buying power of Latinos in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area was over $1.25 billion in 2000 (Source: CLAC).
In 1997, 24 Minnesota counties had Latino buying power of over 10 million dollars each. The cities with the highest Latino buying power were Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Willmar, Rochester, Bloomington, Worthington, and Richfield (Source: Emerging Market Series)
The median household income of Latino households in Minnesota in 2000 was $35,933. The figure was higher ($39,300) in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area (Source: CLAC).
Lack of health insurance and preventative healthcare are key problems in the Latino community. Worry over cost and stigma often make health issues worse, while language, culture, and social perception are barriers to receiving proper healthcare.
The most prevalent healthcare concerns Latinos face range from lack of insurance to awareness.
A big number of Latinos come from countries with no or limited Health Care access. They are not aware of the benefits of preventive care and don’t look for medical attention until they feel ill or the situation is grave.
Recently arrived Latinos are eager to try homemade remedies before looking for a Doctor or a clinic to treat them. The reasons vary from cultural issues to lack of medical insurance.
Language is one of the biggest barriers for Latinos. Some of them are afraid to ask for service because they don’t know if they will be able to communicate their symptoms and if the person treating them will understand what they are trying to communicate