Letter From Rockford

Letter From Rockford
Letter From Rockford\r\nhy Scott P. Richert\r\nJust Another Tequila Sunrise\r\nIt ina\\' be several years before the results\r\nof Census 2000 are available in anv usable\r\nfonn, but certain trends ha\\e already\r\nbegun to emerge from the raw data.\r\nMost siguificanth', as Chilton Williamson,\r\nJr., and Roger MeGrath have pointed\r\nout earlier in this issue, the Hispanie\r\npopulation in the United States continues\r\nto grow at a phenomenal rate —and\r\ndiat trend seems to have been magnified\r\nhere in Rockford. For the first time in\r\ndecades, Rockford's population lias risen —\r\na remarkable occurrence in a city that\r\nhas weathered severe economic storms\r\nand a decade-long desegregation lawsuit,\r\nwhich pushed our properh taxes to the\r\nhighest in the countrv.\r\nl\\\\cn more remarkable is the fact that\r\nalmost all of tlic growth can be attributed\r\nto the cliange in our Hispanic poprdatiou.\r\nhi 1990, Rockford had r^9,426 residents;\r\nby 2000, that number had climbed\r\nto 150,11S, an increase of 7.7 percent, hi\r\nraw numbers, Rockford's population grev\\'\r\nb\\ 10,689 residents; the Hispanic population\r\nexploded from 5,210 to 15,278, a 193-\r\npercent increase, accounting for 94 percent\r\nof Rockford's total population growih.\r\nfor the first time in decades, Rockford's\r\npopulation densih' seems to have\r\nincreased —which would not necessarily\r\nhave been a bad thing, if population had\r\nstaved constant or fallen. Rockford has\r\nengaged...

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