The Chicago-Naperville-Jolliet Metropolitan Statistical area
has over 1.7 million residents of Hispanic/Latino origin according
to estimates from the American Community Survey, 2005 (ACS05).
Nearly one in five area residents is of Hispanic/Latino origin,
making the area the third largest concentration of Hispanics/Latinos
in the US after Los Angeles and New York. Nearly 30% of the estimated
2,701,926 residents of the city of Chicago are of Hispanic/Latino origin
according to ACS05. There are 778,234 Hispanics/Latinos in the city of
Chicago proper with Mexican/Mexican Americans being the largest subgroup
(73%, n=564,853), followed by Puerto Ricans (15%, n=113,924), and other
Hispanics/Latinos (13%, =99,467) (ACS05).
While recent years have seen a trend of urban gentrification in some
traditionally Latino neighborhoods in the city and a corresponding
trend of Hispanic/Latino out-migration to the suburbs, there remain
numerous neighborhoods with substantial concentrations of Hispanics/Latinos.
The targeted area for the Chicago site is composed of such ethnically
diverse neighborhoods with several that have been majority Hispanic/Latino
for decades as well as others that were traditionally White/European-immigrant
which have experienced Hispanic/Latino in-migration only recently.
The highlighted areas in the map above represent the selected census tracts in
the Cook County, where Chicago is located. (Click on the map to enlarge
The map to the right represents a closer view of the census tracts selected.
According to the 2000 census, there are 170,592 Hispanics/Latinos
in the sampling frame area with an estimated 108,348 Hispanic/Latino
persons ages 18-74, which includes Mexican/Americans (56%, n=61,298),
Puerto Ricans (24%, n=26,202), and Central/South Americans (10%, n=10,572).
Persons designated as "Other Hispanics" make up an additional 10% of the
Hispanic/Latino population in the targeted area.
There is also a diversity of socio-economic status within the selected area.
In the selected census tracts, median household income ranges from $27K to $51K
(median $38K) and the percent of high school graduates for those 25 and older
ranges from 37% to 75% (median 56%). (Click on the map to enlarge