Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Nashville: third nationwide in Hispanic birth increase

The Nashville City Paper reports that the Hispanic birth rate in Tennessee is rising. The paper interviewed Linda O’Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, after the publication of the KIDS COUNT update funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

"Memphis was listed as having the largest increase of Hispanic births with an increase from 36 births in 1990 to 777 births in 2002. Nashville ranked third nationwide with an increase from 72 births in 1990 to 1,085 in 2002."

"'In Memphis it’s still a relatively small proportion of the [overall] births,' O’Neal said, adding about 7 percent of all babies or one in 14 are born to Hispanic mothers. 'In Nashville though, it’s one in every eight babies in 2002 that is born [is] Hispanic.'"

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