Do not be fooled by Tucson’s demographic information. It’s still an American border city, but recent growth may lead one to believe it is becoming an extension of Mexico. If you are a proud American residing in Tucson, have family attending University of Arizona, or are simply fond of Tucson – take comfort in the fact that it is and will always be an American city. But the fact is that it, like many border cities, has seen a steep increase in population since the census in 2010, and a major reason is not a recent growth in industry, but rather its vicinity to our neighboring North American Country to the South.
According to census information in 2010, to the estimate in 2011,Tucson saw nearly a 50% increase in population. In that time frame, dumpsters have overflowed with English dictionaries, and have been replaced with English to Spanish variations. This recent jump in population has made Tucson the 52nd largest city in the United States, of which those with Hispanic or Latino origin make up 50%. Tucson has become more than just a college town, as University of Arizona accounts for less than 50,000 people.
Stereotypes are socially dangerous, and the opposite of politically correct. However, there is typically a lot of truth to them, and they can quickly turn to facts when supply meets demand. The increase in the Hispanic demographic has not only lead to an increase demand for learning the Spanish language, but also a big enough increase in Mexican restaurants making Tucson one of the most concentrated ares of such venues per capita in the country.
Ultimately, there are Americans that believe speaking Spanish as a an alternate language in an American city is a negative. Perhaps they are not wrong. But in cities like Tucson, the increase in population leads to a positive increase in industry demand, whether it be bookstores selling Spanish to English dictionaries, restaurants with ethnically themed menus, or job creation to handle simple industry demand such as trash removal. If the city embraces its growth, it can thrive – and Tucson has done just that.