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Survey: Disparity Between Latinos, Whites

The differences were especially pronounced among youth, according to the Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project.

A Latino teenage girl living in Santa Cruz County is 10 times more likely to have a baby than her white counterpart, according to a survey of Santa Cruz County residents that showed deep divides between whites and Latinos.

The annual Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project, which was released Monday, recently unveiled a snapshot of its data.

Nearly three times more white people are homeless than Latinos, but almost twice as many Latinos spend more than one-third of their take-home pay on housing costs.

Among youth, fewer white teenagers drop out of high school and Latino teens are arrested more often, the survey indicated.

Ethnicity Snapshot


Issue Whites Latinos Measurement Affordable Housing 46% 85% Percent of those surveyed who spent more than 30% of take-home pay on housing Unemployment Rate 9.5% 14.9% Percent of those surveyed by phone who were jobless High School Dropout Rate 8.8% 16.5% Santa Cruz County dropouts Higher Education 58% 27% Cabrillo College degrees and certificates awarded Health Insurance 90% 51% Percent of those surveyed with health insurance Teen Births 9% 89% Teen births, ages 19 and under Obesity 70% 54% Percent of those surveyed who are overweight or obese Prison Population 57% 35% Santa Cruz County inmates Juvenile Arrests 36% 58% Rate of arrests per 1,000 youth ages 10-17 Child Abuse 9.8% 11.7% Rate of substantiated cases of child abuse per 1,000 children ages 0-17 Acceptance of Marijuana 60% 20% Percent of those surveyed who are OK with recreational marijuana use Basic Needs Unmet 10% 26% Percent of those surveyed going without basic needs (food, health care, child care) Homelessness 63% 23% Homelessness breakdown at 2011 point-in-time count Quality of Life 80% 48% Percent of respondents who enjoy their lives "to a great extent" Water Pollution 73% 67% Percent of those surveyed who are taking steps to reduce water pollution Alternative Transportation 42% 26% Percent of those surveyed who never commute by taking a bus, carpooling or riding a bike

The United Way of Santa Cruz County has convened the project every year for the last 18 years.

Other findings showed satisfaction with area schools hit a 10-year high from survey respondents and unemployment was on the decline everywhere but Watsonville. The cost of rent has dropped and there were fewer foreclosures in 2011 when compared to 2010.

HizDesign November 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I sometimes wonder what exactly is meant (by the survey-taker and/or the respondent) by the term 'homeless'. I say this because we have known people who, not renting a place of their own, live with parent(s) or a friend(s).....and yet call themselves homeless. Just a thought :)
Adam D. November 21, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Seriously this post is stupid and only serves to separate the community. This post in and of itself shows that the media only wants this type of divide because it creates news. If you are a white racist in Watsonville you have a rude awakening about where you live. The only hatred I have seen in Watsonville is from one gang to another, you only need walk into the Safeway bathroom to know that. The numbers in this pole are going to fall heavily towards the Latino community, they comprise 80% of the population. If you have 100 of one type and 10 of another and take the percentage the poll will of course show higher rates for the larger class pool.
HizDesign November 21, 2012 at 01:51 AM
"If you are a white racist in Watsonville you have a rude awakening about where you live..." .....that in itself is a divisive statement. And if the only hatred you have seen in Watsonville is from one gang to another you obviously have lived a very sheltered and/or ignorant life. Anyhow, lol, "this post" as you call it, no more causes separation within our community than your comment does. THINK. It isn't really that hard to do.
Phil Otto November 21, 2012 at 04:19 AM
The survey was for Santa Cruz county, where Latino's are not the majority , as they are in Watsonville. I agree completely with the David Perez comments. There needs to be more parental responsibility and accountability.
Doc November 21, 2012 at 05:57 AM
@Adam D. - LOL, I have been in that Safeway bathroom. I especially liked what was written on the toilet seat cover dispenser - "Sureno sombreros."

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