Becoming Established on the New Frontier: The Rise of Latino Enclaves in the Nuevo South

Luis A. Sanchez , California State University, Channel Islands
Guadalupe Jasso, California State University, Channel Islands

Latino migration to “new destinations” is of particular interest because the context of these new settlement areas differ from those in established ones. Although these new settlement areas are dispersed throughout the United States, many are located in the South. Still, many of these places have experienced continued Latino growth throughout the 1990s and 2000s and might now be viewed as “established” but located within new destinations. The primary focus of this research is to study the emergence of “established” Latino communities located among select metropolitan areas located in the American South. We use spatial analyses and tract-level data from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey to address the following questions. First, how has the spatial concentration of Latinos living Southern metropolitan areas changed from 1990 to 2016? Next, how has the context of Latino neighborhoods in Southern metropolitan areas changed over time?

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 Presented in Session 7. Migration & Urbanization