La Verne Magazine
"The Latino Community in La Verne: Struggle, Progress
A Growing Future
by Jody P. Bethel
Many of the roots of Latino heritage in the city are as old as the roots
of the orange grove industry itself; but with the passing of each new generation,
like fresh fruit on the branches, the Latino community of La Verne blossoms.
Where yesterday's Barrio was the home of citrus pickers and packers,
these residents now have jobs in a variety of professions.
Today the "Barrio," defined as a predominantly Spanish speaking
community, is referred to as the "Walnut District" by the city
of La Verne. This portion of town crosses Walnut Avenue and Arrow Highway.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports for 1990:
·In California, Latinos made up approximately 25 percent of the
·The city of La Verne had an estimated 5,582 Latinos residing
in the city, or 18 percent of the 30, 897 total population.
·The Hispanic youth in La Verne comprise the second largest number
of youth in the city at 22 percent of the population-out of 10, 057 youth
between the ages of 0-20.
·By the year 2000, it is estimated that Latinos will make up
nearly 25 percent of the La Verne population.
Unlike in previous years, where the Latino community resided only in
the area in which was called the "Barrio," today Latinos live
throughout La Verne. As with any other nationality, this ethnic group is
mixed and mingled in the community with many other cultures. City of La
Verne officials believe that with the increasing number of Latinos living
in the area, the interest they take in the planning and contributing to
community life will expand as well.
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