Huge Hispanic Inflow in Beaver County

The Beaver County Times notes a 57% percent increase in the Hispanic population in Beaver County between 1990 and 2000! Amazing. That's almost 500 people!

I don't mean to get down on the Times, since the story is boosting this development, but there is, well, more than a little ignorance on display:
As for the area in general, [interview subject, Mexico native, and Rochester, PA resident Francisco] Lopez says he isn't suffering from culture shock. He has four children in grade school and said he plans to stay here to raise them. He believes the Hispanic presence is growing stronger, especially in Cranberry Township, where many venture on Sundays to gather and play soccer, or "football" as he calls it.

How quaint.


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