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MA Ranks Last Among States With the Least Integrated Hispanics

Thursday, September 22, 2016

 

Massachusetts ranks last among states with the least integrated Hispanics, according to a study done by WalletHub. 

"Today, Hispanics are the third fastest-growing minority group behind individuals claiming two or more races. And much of their growth in the past decade-plus has been fueled by natural U.S. births. Assuming the MPI’s observation is correct, areas reporting the greatest numbers of U.S. births among Hispanics theoretically should reflect the group’s successful integration," said WalletHub. 

Massachusetts ranks 37th for cultural and civic integration, 50th for educational integration, and 51th economic integration. 

The Rankings 

Massachusetts ranks last behind Connecticut and Rhode island at 49 and 50 respectively. 

West Virginia ranks as the state with the most integrated Hispanics.

See the Full Rankings in the Map Below

Source: WalletHub

The Method 

To determine which states are home to the most integrated Hispanics, WalletHub's analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions, cultural and civic integration, educational integration and economic integration. 

WalletHub evaluated the categories using 17 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100 point scale, with 100 indicating the highest level of Hispanic integration. 

They then calculated overall scores for each state and the District using the weighted average across all of the metrics, which were then used to construct the final ranking. 

Cultural & Civic Integration – Total Points: 33.33

  • English Proficiency of Hispanics: Full Weight (~5.56 Points)

 

Note: This metric measures the percentage of the Hispanic population who speak only English at home or who speak Spanish at home but have the ability to speak English very well.

  • Veteran Status of Hispanics: Full Weight (~5.56 Points)
  • Hispanic Voter Turnout (Presidential Election): Full Weight (~5.56 Points)

 

Note: This metric specifically measures the percentage of Hispanics who voted in the 2012 presidential election.

 

  • Hispanic Voter Turnout (Midterm Election): Full Weight (~5.56 Points)

 

Note: This metric specifically measures the percentage of Hispanics who voted in the 2014 midterm election.

  • Hispanic Voter Registration (Presidential Election): Full Weight (~5.56 Points)

 

Note: This metric specifically measures the percentage of Hispanics who were registered to vote in the 2012 presidential election.

  • Hispanic Voter Registration (Midterm Election): Full Weight (~5.56 Points)

 

Note: This metric specifically measures the percentage of Hispanics who were registered to vote in the 2014 midterm election.

 

Educational Integration – Total Points: 33.33

  • Percentage of Hispanics with at Least a Bachelor’s Degree: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)
  • Public High School Graduation Rate of Hispanic Students: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)
  • Standardized-Test Scores of Hispanic Students: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)

 

Note: This metric refers to math and reading standardized-test scores reported by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

 

  • Average SAT & ACT Test Scores of Hispanic Students: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)

 

Economic Integration – Total Points: 33.33

  • Earned Income: Full Weight (~4.76 Points)

 

Note: This metric measures the median annual income of Hispanics, adjusted by cost of living.

 

  • Hispanic Labor-Force Participation Rate: Full Weight (~4.76 Points)
  • Hispanic Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (~4.76 Points)
  • Hispanic Homeownership Rate: Full Weight (~4.76 Points)
  • Hispanic Poverty Rate: Full Weight (~4.76 Points)

 

Note: This metric measures the percentage of Hispanics whose income in the past 12 months was at or below poverty level.

 

  • Hispanic-Owned Businesses: Full Weight (~4.76 Points)
  • Percentage of Hispanic Executives: Full Weight (~4.76 Points)
 

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