May 2, 2010
Mexican Americans, Cuban Americans, Dominican Americans, and Puerto Rican Americans have many differences but they also have much in common. These groups all are Hispanic and live in the United States. Their language, social, economic religious, political, and familial groups are all important.
The political status of Cuban Americans is very empowering. Cubans have had out of the ordinary political power in the United States. In the past generation three Cubans have been elected into the United States House, they have won ten State House seats in Florida, the mayor of Miami is Cuban, and have been elected to three Florida state senate seats; so Cuban Americans have much power politically. The Cuban American linguistic status is that most speak both Spanish and English; but most would rather speak English than Spanish. The social status of Cuban Americans is that they are mostly in the working or in the middle class. The economic status of Cuban Americans is that their median income is 38000 thousand dollars; this is higher than other Hispanics but lower for non Hispanic whites. Not many Cuban Americans are in poverty other than any other Hispanic group they have the lowest percentage of those in poverty. The rate of poverty is higher among Cubans who were foreign born compared to those who are native born in the United States. Sixty one percent of Cuban Americans own their own home, which is still higher than other Hispanic groups. Most Cuban Americans are Roman Catholics; this is their principle or primary religion. Other religions practiced are Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and even Jehovah witnesses and some are considered to be nonreligious. The average Cuban American family has three to eighteen members. Cuban American families are different from a Cuban family. They do not do most of the traditional things that a Cuban family does. In a Cuban American family women have most authority because they also work... [continues]
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