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Hispanic population increases in the Oklahoma City metro area

Warr Acres and Moore had the fastest growth in Hispanic population between 2000 and 2010.
BY VALLERY BROWN Published: June 30, 2012

“There were no ELL teachers in the Edmond district in the year 2000,” said Edmond Schools spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp. “Since then, one to two teachers have been added each year.”

‘Culturally diverse'

While there has been an increase in Hispanic students enrolling in the district, Asians make up about 40 percent of students learning English in the district, Parks-Schlepp said.

The Hispanic population in Warr Acres grew 171 percent to 2,030, making it a city with one of the fastest growing Hispanic populations in the metro area.

Jill McCartney, with the Northwest City Chamber of Commerce, pointed to many Hispanic-owned businesses in the area along with the availability of well-priced housing.

“Our whole community is becoming more culturally diverse,” she said. “The Hispanic population is growing here, but it's growing across the community.”

Moore's Hispanic population was the second fastest in the metro area at 134 percent. The city's Hispanic population grew from about 2,100 in 2000 to 4,900 in 2010.

Patricia Fennell, with the Latino Community Development Agency, said much of the growth is among the younger generations of the population. High birthrates among Hispanic women also contribute.

“Immigration is a part of it, but it's not the whole thing,” Fennell said.

Like other parts of the population, when jobs leave an area, workers often pick up and move to other places where friends or families members can help them find employment.

“Employment is the magnet,” she said.