Hazleton wasn’t prepared for rapid demographic change—and it’s hard to imagine any community adapting to such a dramatic population shift.
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Chain Migration Comes to Hazleton | Hispanics in Hazelton, PA
In 1990, just 249 Hispanics lived in Hazleton, making up 1 percent of the city’s residents.
The texture of Hazleton life changed seemingly overnight.
A district that had need for only one ESL teacher in the 1990s, for example, now has 2,298 English-language learners, nearly 20 percent of its student body; more than half the student body today live in low-income households. By 2017, the school district—encompassing over 250 square miles of southern Luzerne County, northern Schuylkill County, and western Carbon County—faced a $6 million deficit…
Clearly, Hazleton wasn’t prepared for rapid demographic change—and it’s hard to imagine any community adapting to such a dramatic population shift.
Hispanics are the majority in Hazleton. When will they win at the ballot?
Jan 2, 2022 – Hispanics are the majority in Hazleton.