Children and Families

Spotlight on Latino Children

Latino children currently account for one-fourth of U.S. children under age 18, and they will make up nearly one-third of this age group by 2050. Of the 18.2 million Latino children currently living in the United States, 95 percent are U.S.-born citizens.

A publication prepared by PRB and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) presents a snapshot of Latinos under age 18 to highlight areas of concern to policymakers. The report was released at an event in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 29: “What’s New in Latino Child Well-Being? A Roundtable Discussion on the Emerging Trends and Remaining Challenges for America’s Hispanic Children.”

Results from the report show that during the past decade, Latinos have made important gains in several key areas of well-being—especially on measures of educational attainment, health insurance coverage, teenage births, and youth incarceration. But Hispanic youth continue to lag behind white youth on many key social and economic indicators. New projections by PRB show that the number of low-income Latino youth could increase by 45 percent—from 11 million today to nearly 16 million by 2050—if current levels of inequality persist in the future.

Reducing these disparities—especially by reducing racial/ethnic gaps in poverty and education—will improve economic conditions for millions of Latino parents and children, and also fuel economic growth by creating a well-qualified workforce. For easy access to the data described in the report, disaggregated by race/ethnicity, state, and year, visit the NCLR Latino Kids Data Explorer.