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Column: Growing population diversity means greater opportunities for Indiana




Sometimes what everyone knows is not actually known by everyone. Often those who know something don’t pay any attention to what they know. At times that avoidance of the known can be costly.

Everyone knows that the Hispanic population of Indiana and the United States has been increasing. While the total population of Indiana advanced by 7.3 percent between 2000 and 2012, our Hispanic/Latino neighbors increased by 90 percent. Of the 446,000 additional Hoosiers, 196,000 or 44 percent were Hispanic/Latino.

Whereas in 2000, this ethnic group represented 3.6 percent of the Indiana population, today they account for 6.3 percent.

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