Along with other neighboring States, such as Utah, Arizona, and
Nevada, Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the union.
According to the 1990 Census, the State's population is 3.7 Million, and
is projected to be wel l over 5 Million by 2020.
Known as the "Mile High City," because of its elevation of 5,332 feet above sea level, the Denver Metropolitan area consists of Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson, and Boulder counties. According to the 1990 Census the current
population of 2 million in this region, is expected to to exceed 2.4 million by the turn of the century.
Latinos comprise close to 14.4 percent of the population in Colorado
and represent the largest ethnic minority group in the State.
In the Denver Metropolitan Area alone, the Latino population numbers well over 300,000.
Latinos are well represented in every private and public sector of the Colorado metropolitan community.
Although the attrition rate among Latino high school students is relatively high, there is a positive trend in higher education enrollment among youth in the Hispanic community.
Overall Latinos have been riding the wave of prosperity that Colorado has been experiencing for the past ten years. This is evidenced by the fact that the middle class has been steadily increasing within the Latino Community.