2010 Census: Truckee’s Latino population increases by 70 percent over past 10 years | SierraSun.com

2010 Census: Truckee’s Latino population increases by 70 percent over past 10 years

Jason Shueh/Sierra SunA town boundary sign displays Truckeeand#8217;s previous population estimate and#8212; now at a 16,180 residents according to the 2010 US census. The town has seen an increase of 2,316 people since the 2000 US census, a 16.7 percent in increase.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Latinos have always played a significant role in town policies, economics, education and culture. New census data shows their role and impact to the town is likely to increase.

Newly released 2010 U.S. Census statistics show the Latino population in Truckee has grown by 70 percent since 2000, an increase of 1,243 residents. The rapid growth represents 53.7 percent of Truckee’s entire population growth during the same time period, up from 13,864 residents to 16,180 residents.

Yet, while Latinos have made a dramatic rise in numbers, the growth of the white population and#8212; though still the majority and#8212; has relatively plateaued, increasing from 12,254 residents to 12,568 and#8212; up 2.6 percent.

The statistics equate to Latino representation from 12.8 percent of the total population to 18.6 percent. Similarly, the percentage of white residents in the general population has decreased from 88.4 percent to 77.7 percent.

The town’s Latino percentage is now more than double Nevada County’s, at 8.5 percent, up from 5.6 percent in 2000.

According to data from the Truckee Family Resource Center, the number of non-Latino homes requiring assistance is slightly greater than Latino homes.

In 2009-10, Latino households represented 48 percent of TFRC services, and non-Latino households represented 52 percent of services.

In the resource centers 2010-11 fiscal year, the number of non Latino households appears as if it might increase Latino households representing 47 percent of services and non-Latino households representing 53 percent (the TFRC fiscal year ends on July 1).

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent Steve Jennings said district data shows the majority of Latino students are born within the region, despite some misconceptions the students and their families are temporary or transient residents.

and#8220;I think it’s positive and it creates some diversity,and#8221; Jennings said, speaking of the district’s Latino population.

Jennings said one of the primary benefits of having such a robust Latino population is exposure to a second language, to be used in college applications and in the ever-demanding job market.

and#8220;You’re going to learn a second language quicker if you have a (native speaking) role model to imitate,and#8221; Jennings said. and#8220;In my perspective, most of the English-only parents really want to have their children to have exposure to a second language.and#8221;

Nicole Sayegh, the district’s English-learner coordinator, said according to student data, typically most Hispanic students are born in the United States.

and#8220;Our information shows that 94 percent of our English Learners were born here in the United States,and#8221; Sayegh said.

She also said she is not surprised by the census findings, considering the district has seen an increase in English learner students (predominantly Latino) from 652 in the 1999-2000 school year to 909 in the 2010-11 school year.

Because of the Latino population, Sayegh said the district has placed an elevated priority to hire and keep teachers who are certified as bilingual BCLAD teachers (BCLAD standing for Bilingual Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development).

At a March 9 special meeting and#8212; where the school board announced 7.69 full-time equivalent staff reductions to balance TTUSD’s $2.25 million deficit and#8212; Superintendent of Human Resources David Inns said holding a BCLAD certificate is one of the few characteristics allowing a teacher with less seniority to have preference over a teacher with greater seniority.

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