do not use: Elkhart, Goshen wrestle with integration of Latinos 20 years after start of growth boom


There is no denying that the demographics of Elkhart County have changed dramatically over the last 25 years, and that the county is more diverse than ever before. In 1990, 94 percent of the county’s population was white. Today, 1 out of every 4 county residents is a person of color.

Almost all of that increase is due to the dramatic rise in the area’s Hispanic population. The proportion of African-Americans living in Elkhart County has remained constant over the last couple of decades — around 5 percent. However, the number of Hispanics living here has increased tenfold in the last 25 years.

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