As Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep 15 – Oct 15) nears its close, the City of Norman is proud to share a Hispanic Heritage Month video highlight which covers some of our Latina City of Norman employees. Listen in to hear, learn, and be inspired by their personal stories, what drives them, and their experience as part of the City of Norman family.
Facts on Hispanic influence in the United States and Norman, OK:
Hispanic Heritage Month observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded to a 30-day celebration in 1988. The impact of Hispanic value to our country can traced back centuries and through major milestones. Currently, Hispanics make up 62M of the United States population, meaning almost 1 in 5 people are of Hispanic background. Hispanic economic influence is a strong engine of economic outcome. In 2017, Latino household income was $1.03T and contributed to more than $250B in federal and state taxes, creating a Latino household purchasing power of $780B. Education attainment levels have also consistently increased through the years. According to Census Bureau records, the Norman’s Hispanic population grew from 7,082 to 11,827 from 2010 to 2020 and currently makes up 9% of the city’s population. Norman Public Schools has a Hispanic student body of 16.3%.
The Latino community is present, thriving, and continues to pursue the American Dream through a commitment to education, work, and family. At the City of Norman, we are committed to creating environments which are inclusive in the sense of creating opportunities to learn and grow together, also encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship to be active parts our city’s economy.
Visit the City of Norman’s Diversity & Equity webpage for more information on the ways we are Building an Inclusive Community.