Whither the urban diaspora? The spatial redistribution of Latino origin groups in metropolitan America since 1990

Barrett A. Lee, Michael J.R. Martin

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Abstract

Our research advances what is known about the urban portion of the Latino diaspora, focusing on the extent to which Hispanic country-of-origin groups have spread throughout metropolitan America. Analyzing 1990–2010 census data for the 7 largest origin groups, we find that all 7 have become more evenly dispersed across metro areas, with group shares declining in primary gateways and increasing in other types of destinations. At the same time, Dominicans and Cubans remain highly concentrated in New York and Miami, respectively, and certain pairs of groups (e.g., Mexicans and Dominicans) continue to inhabit different metropolises despite a modest trend toward convergent settlement among most pairs. All groups have experienced some growth in exposure to ethnoracial diversity, particularly in primary gateway settings. However, Mexicans are less exposed than any other origin group to African Americans. The variation in our results by group attests to the delicate balance between the forces driving spatial concentration and dispersion. We conclude that multiple diasporas are underway rather than a single, uniform one. This pattern has relevance both for diversity within local Hispanic communities and for relations between Hispanics and other panethnic populations, most notably Whites and Blacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)960-980
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Urban Affairs
Volume41
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies

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