Iowa’s hispanic population booms

Iowa’s Hispanic population exploded over the past decade, growing by 83.7 percent as Latinos drawn by meatpacking jobs began diversifying in the workplace.

Polk County’s Hispanic population growth outpaced the rest of the state, up by 97.9 percent since 2000, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. Iowa’s Hispanic population is 151,544, up from 82,473 in 2000. Read More here.

We have seen this at Christ the King (we live in Polk County). It is wonderful, but it does present challenges. Unfortunately after four years of high school Spanish and four of College, I “no habla Espanola.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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