Milwaukee-area Latino population skyrockets

By Jesse Garza of the Journal Sentinel

The population of Latinos in metropolitan Milwaukee increased 213% between 1990 and 2014, the overwhelming majority of whom were born in the United States, according to a new study released Thursday.

And a dramatic 174.4% increase in Latinos in Milwaukee during that period has reversed the city’s overall population decline, according to the study commissioned by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

The study, “Latino Milwaukee: A Statistical Portrait,” provides a comprehensive statistical look at metropolitan Milwaukee’s Latino community, from population growth and language use, to employment, income, education and business ownership. The study was conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development.