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Introduction: This report examines the married and unmarried partner choices among the largest Latino nationalities in the New York metropolitan region by race/ethnicity and nationality among household heads by sex.

Methods: This report uses the American Community Survey PUMS (Public Use Microdata Series) data for all years released by the Census Bureau and reorganized for public use by the Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, IPUMSusa, ( See Public Use Microdata Series Steven Ruggles, J. Trent Alexander, Katie Genadek, Ronald Goeken, Matthew B. Schroeder, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 5.0 [Machine-readable database]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2020.

Discussion: The longer a particular nationality lived in the region with increasing numbers of household heads born in the U.S. rather than in their countries of origin, the greater the frequency of marrying or partnering with other Latinos or non-Hispanic whites rather than within their nationalities. More women made these choices than men within each national sub-group. Puerto Ricans offer the most extreme example of this pattern, followed by Dominicans and, surprisingly, Colombians. Mexicans and Ecuadorians present an opposite pattern.


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Citation information: Bergad, Laird W. (2023). Spouse and Unmarried Partner Choices Among Largest Latino Nationalities in the New York Metropolitan Region, 1980 – 2021. New York, NY: Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.



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