The composition of the population by race/ethnicity, nativity, and ancestry. Latinos include people of Hispanic origin of any race and all other groups are non-Hispanic. Data for 2010 represent a 2006-2010, while data for 2015 represent a 2011-2015 average. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation
Race/ethnicity by nativity and ancestry:
Who lives here and how is this changing?
Why it matters
Latinos and other communities of color are the fastest-growing segments of the population in most regions, but these groups tend to face barriers to accessing the educational and economic opportunities they need to fully participate and prosper.
Grow an equitable economy: Policies to leverage diversity as an asset
- Foster racial inclusion in governance
- Build multiracial alliances, coalitions, and movements to advance policy change
- Dismantle barriers and build pathways to economic opportunity for boys and men of color
- Include immigrants by ensuring access to health care, driver’s licenses, and municipal ID cards regardless of immigration status; increasing language access; facilitating naturalization; limiting the participation of local law enforcement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and extending voting rights
- Strengthen democracy by increasing participation of marginalized groups, expanding voting rights (and preventing rollback), and building leadership development pipelines
Tennessee Welcomes Immigrants to Build a Stronger Economy
Responding to a rapidly growing immigrant population (the third-fastest-growing in the nation), the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative was launched in 2005 to counter anti-immigrant backlash and strengthen the local economy. Using dinner conversations between long-time residents and immigrants, billboards, and other community strategies, the initiative successfully defeated English-only referendums and legislation. Since then, the project has inspired a national Welcoming America initiative, with affiliates in 17 states. Learn more.