In 2000, 3,645 Hispanics accounted for 4.7% of the population of Benton County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the Latino population in the county grew 50% between 2000 and 2010, with 74% of the 5,467 Latinos in the county living in Corvallis. According to the Corvallis Community Action Agency, the median household income in Benton County in 2000 was $41,897, slightly below the national and state levels. The median household income for Hispanics was just $27,857, 17% lower than the national median income for Hispanic households and 33% lower than the Benton County median
In Oregon, Latinos are disproportionately impacted by the burden of chronic disease and other poor health conditions. Available state and county level data show that Hispanics in Oregon are five times more likely to die prematurely than white, non-Hispanic Oregonians. The leading causes of death in Benton County among Hispanics/Latinos are heart disease and cancer…
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Last Fall CLUBC offered an exercise and nutrition class for Latinas. That class turned into a year-long offering of Zumba, and also into an organization called Organización de Latinas Unidas (OLU). Leadership Development is the primary aim of OLU, and for 10 months now, 15 mujeres from the community have been meeting weekly to discuss topics of interest and to enjoy a couple of hours of social interaction. The mujeres de OLU do a lot of volunteer work for CLUBC and last fall they put together the first Latino Festival to be held in Corvallis. 200 people joined us to celebrate Mexican and Latin American Indepence. They are now working on the second Latino Festival. A lovely article was written about these lovely women last summer in the Oregonian. Check out this link!