INK BLAST | 25 RANDOM THINGS
By Juleyka Lantigua
Inspired by the current Facebook craze that compels people to tell everyone stuff no one really needs (or wants) to know, I decided to put together 25 random things you may want to know.
1. While Latinos make up 13.5% of the U.S. population, they account for only 7% of the bachelor’s degrees. Only one in four college-age Latinos is actually in college.
2. The estimated circulation of newspapers targeting Latinos is 16M.
3. Latinos have a combined buying power of over $452B.
4. JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, SunTrust, HSBC and Citizens Bank all have indicated they will stop issuing student loans to students who attend community colleges.
5. About 6.2M students attend community colleges, adding up to 40% of all undergraduates.
6. Latinos make up 13.5% of the U.S. population but 19% of new HIV infections each year.
7. An estimated 28% of Latino students drop out of high school, compared to 7% of white students and 13% of Black students.
8. Nearly 50M adults (ages 20-74)—or 27% of the adult population—are obese.
9. Overall, more than 108M adults, or 61% of the adult population are either obese or overweight.
10. Ethnic minorities are 50% more likely than whites to live in communities with hazardous waste facilities.
11. Close to 90 municipalities in 27 states have drafted—and a handful have enacted into law—ordinances that prohibit landlords from renting to undocumented immigrants.
12. Among them are: Farmers Branch, Texas, Palm Bay, Fla., Valley Park, Mo., Riverside, N.J., and Hazleton, Pa.
13. 13.9M people (including 4.7M children) belong to families in which the head of the household is an undocumented immigrant.
14. There are more than 1.5M adopted children in the United States, accounting for 2% of all U.S. children.
15. An adoption law in Florida requires that, before putting a child up for adoption, a pregnant woman publish in a newspaper the names of partners, their physical descriptions, and locations where conception may have taken place if she does not know the father’s identity.
16. Florida, which ranks fourth nationwide in adoptions, is the only state with such a law.
17. In Florida, a woman does not need to consult the biological father to get an abortion.
18. By law, more than 100 New York City agencies must offer assistance, documentation, interpretation and publications in six foreign languages: Spanish, Russian, Italian, French Creole, Korean and Chinese.
19. 170 languages are spoken in New York City.
20. In L.A. County, at least 224 languages have been identified, with publications being produced in about 180 of them.
21. Miami is probably the most truly bilingual city in the entire U.S., with 58.5% of the county’s 2.4M residents speaking Spanish.
22. 31 percent of American adults—63M people—know someone who has used a dating website.
23. About 15% of—30M—know someone who has been in a long-term relationship or married someone he or she met online.
24. 58 percent of Latino consumers own a desktop computer.
25. More than 16M Latinos are online.
Juleyka Lantigua is a writer whose work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers around the country.
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