Vol. 45, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2007- "The Pennsylvania Geographer"


MEXICAN-AMERICAN ASSIMILATION IN U.S.

METROPOLITAN AREAS


Peter Hayward

Department of Geography

University of Connecticut



Abstract


The purpose of this research was to explore the assimilation among Mexican-Americans, individuals with Hispanic ethnicity, in ten metropolitan areas in the United States. Specifically, a research objective was put forth which sought to determine if being spatially assimilated ensured that Mexican Americans were, on average, culturally and economically assimilated. The results show that across eight of the ten metropolitan areas (two areas were excluded for statistical reasons), there were significant differences in earnings and education between Mexican-Americans residing within ethnic concentrations and those living in more spatially assimilated areas. However, these differences were not recognized in the English language abilities and the citizenship status among the samples studied.


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