are more than 1,500 colonias in the United States near
the border with Mexico.
500,000 people live in Third World conditions in the colonias
in the United States.
colonia population is predominantly Hispanic, but 64.4
percent of all colonia residents under 18 years of age
were born in the United States.
families cope with the highest unemployment rates in America --
more than 20 percent.
income for employed colonia residents is between $3,000
typical colonia household has five to six residents.
average home in a colonia takes five to seven years to
30 to 40 percent of colonia houses lack adequate heating
and cooling systems.
is a major threat to more than 90 percent of colonia residents.
longitudinal dropout rate for secondary colonia students
in Texas averages 17.3 percent, compared to an estimated Texas
state average of 14.4 percent.
than one percent of colonia children attend college or
University of Texas Systems Texas-New Mexico Border Health Office
reported the following rates of selected viral diseases in colonia
residents per 100,000 population:
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