According to the 1990 Census, Nevada's population is 1.4 million and
is projected to be close to 2 million by the turn of the century. Nevada
along with Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are considered to be the
fastest growing states in America.
For the past decade, Nevada has been experiencing a solid wave of
economic prosperity which is evidenced by the fact that the State has managed to maintain an average unemployment rate under 4.0 percent over the past 10 years.
With a population of well over 1 million, the Las Vegas Metropolitan
Area ranks 60th among 113 Metro areas, and is one of the largest and
fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the Country.
Hispanics comprise over 12 percent of the population in Nevada and represent the largest ethnic minority group in the State.
There are currently over 160,000 Hispanics living in Nevada , and about 90 percent of them live in the Clark County region, which constitutes the Las Vegas/North Las Vegas, and Henderson Metropolitan area.
Latinos are well represented in every private and public sector of
the Las Vegas Metropolitan community.
Although the attrition rate among Latino high school students
continues to be an important issue, there is a positive trend in higher
education enrollment among youth in the Hispanic community.
Overall Latino Nevadans have been riding the wave of prosperity
and economic growth that the State of Nevada, and specifically the City of
Las Vegas has been experiencing for the past ten years. This is evidenced
by the fact that the middle class has b een steadily increasing within the