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School Enrollment of the Hispanic Population
Census Has Big Implications for Federal Funds Flowing to States
Drug Overdose Deaths Among Adolescents
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Issue: #494

September 25, 2017  

The Census Information Center of Eastern Oklahoma, a program of the Community Service Council, provides access to data generated from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

School Enrollment of the Hispanic Population: Two Decades of Growth
U.S. Census Bureau

The Hispanic population of the United States is large and growing. More than half of the growth in the total population of the United States between 2000 and 2010 was due to the increase in the Hispanic population. By 2016, Hispanics numbered 57.5 million (17.9 percent), making them the largest ethnic or racial minority in the United States.

The growth in the Hispanic population has been accompanied by a growth in the Hispanic student population. From 1996 to 2016, the number of Hispanic students enrolled in schools, colleges and universities in the United States doubled from 8.8 million to 17.9 million. Hispanic students now make up 22.7 percent of all people enrolled in school.  

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The Upcoming Census Has Big Implications for Federal Funds Flowing to States

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The 2020 census will be crucial in determining how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are divided among states and local areas in the years ahead for programs that help cover costs such as highway construction, food stamps and health care for the elderly and the poor.

Census data provide the bedrock on which formulas are based for distributing certain federal funds. An analysis released on Tuesday underscores the extent to which this is the case.

The research comes as some observers are questioning whether the Trump administration and congressional lawmakers are proposing enough funding for the U.S. Census Bureau to carry out the constitutionally mandated national population count, which takes place every 10 years.

Drug Overdose Deaths Among Adolescents Aged 15-19 in the United States: 1999-2015
National Center for Health Statistics

Drug overdose deaths in the United States are a pressing public health challenge (1-3). In particular, drug overdoses involving opioids have increased since 1999 (1). This report focuses specifically on drug overdose deaths for older adolescents aged 15-19. In 2015, 772 drug overdose deaths occurred in this age group. Rates for 1999-2015 are presented and trends compared for both females and males. Percent distributions of drug overdose deaths for 2015 by intent (e.g., unintentional, suicide, homicide) are presented. Trends in drug overdose death rates by type of drug involved are also presented.

Until Next Week,

Melanie Poulter
Census Information Center

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