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Latinos in Ogden: Life gets better but not enough

December 10, 2017
From left, Gustavo, Alejandro, Ericka and Jose Ortega run Muebleria furniture store in downtown Ogden. The three brothers and Alejandro's wife, Ericka, have been operating the local furniture store for the last ten years. (Photo by BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner)

 By SHEILA WANG • Standard-Examiner staff

OGDEN — As Latinos slowly improve their lives in Ogden over the years, they still lag behind the overall population in terms of income, education and employment, data shows.

A series of interactive graphics below visualize how the Hispanic population has changed in Ogden and how their lives have progressed in the past decade. Hover over or tap any point of the charts to get the exact numbers.

The population graphic above shows the Hispanic population has grown much faster than the total population in Ogden from 2005 to 2016. Ogden has added some 9,000 people of Hispanic or Latino origin for the past decade or so. The latest data from U.S. Census Bureau shows that Hispanic or Latino people accounted for more than one third of the total population in Ogden as of 2016.

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The native Hispanic population has gradually taken a bigger share of the total Hispanic population from 2009 to 2015. The foreign-born Hispanic population, on the other hand, dropped by 1,000 in the same period of time. A majority of those foreign-born Hispanics were not U.S. citizens, including lawful permanent residents, temporary immigrants like students, and undocumented migrants.

Ogden has seen substantially more naturalized citizens, as opposed to those who were not U.S. citizens. As of 2015, there were a little more than 7,000 people of Hispanic who were born outside the U.S. and did not have a U.S. citizenship, down by nearly 2,000 compared to 2009.

The unemployment rate of Latinos in Ogden hit an 8-year low in 2016, according to data recently released by the US. Census Bureau. Latinos' unemployment rate has been in steady decline since 2009, the graphic above shows. It indicates that it is still relatively harder for Latinos to find a job in Ogden compared to their white counterparts or the overall population, but the gap between them has become much narrower over the years.

The employment to population ratio chart shows that a bigger percentage of the Hispanic working age population have been employed. At the same time, they have taken up a bigger share of the labor force in Ogden from 2009 to 2016. As of last year, about one third of the city's labor force came from the Hispanic community.

This graphic above presents a much lower median household income and lower education attainment among them compared to the overall population. The gap in median household income between Latinos and the overall population in Ogden has remained big between 2009 and 2015. The median Latino household made less than $34,000 a year in 2015, some $7,000 less than the overall median households.

Roughly one in every three Latino households in Ogden lived in poverty, the graphic shows. The overall households had a much lower poverty rate.

Ogden’s Latinos have made progress in education attainment over the years, but still largely lagged behind the overall population. The graphic compares the education attainment between 2000 and 2015. It shows the a slim majority of the Latino population had at least a high school degree in 2015, as opposed to only one third of them with the same attainment 15 years ago.

However, the percentage of  Latinos with a bachelor’s degree or higher has remained low, even though it doubled the rate from 2000. In 2015, only six percent of Ogden’s Latinos had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Contact Reporter Sheila Wang at 801-625-4252 or Follow her on Facebook @JournalistSheilaW or on Twitter @SheilaWang7.