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Vermont Educational Attainment and Socioeconomic Characteristics

The socioeconomic portrait of Latinos in Vermont supports the emergence of a Latino middle class. The Latino median household income in 1999 was $38,728. This ranked them ahead of non-Latino blacks ($31,585) and close to Asians ($39,630) and non-Latino whites ($41,070). Latinos in Vermont are also well educated. Greater percentages of Latinos twenty-five years and older had more education than a high-school diploma (41.6 percent) than non-Latino whites (35.5 percent). Latinos in Vermont are more educated than Latinos of other states.

Other factors influencing Latino economic participation are citizenship status and language proficiency. The majority of the Vermont’s Latinos were born in the United States, and 55.9 percent of Vermont’s foreign-born Latinos are naturalized citizens. Latino migrants (26.3 percent) in Vermont speak English very well, at rates better than Asian migrants (23.8 percent). Cubans (45.3 percent) and Puerto Ricans (41.9 percent) had the highest level of English proficiency. This was not true for all Latino groups, as Mexicans spoke English very well at a lower rate (25.4 percent), followed by Peruvians (16.7 percent) and Colombians (12.9 percent).

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