Southwest Profile

Population - Regional average net change(1980-1990): +24.81 percent. Racial Distribution - The Southwest offers the greatest variations in the United States in white populations, from less than 35 percent in Hawaii to almost 94 percent in Utah. The majority of Hawaiian residents are of Asian or Pacific Island descent. Asian populations are also found in California and Nevada, which are also home to the region's largest black populations. Hispanics form an important population segment across the area; they make up almost 40 percent of New Mexico's ranks. American Indians make

up less than 10 percent of the populace of New Mexico and Arizona. Economy - Manufacturing, tourism, government, agriculture, services, trade, gambling, aerospace, mining, construction, warehousing, trucking, commercial fishing. Per Capita Income - Regional average (1990) - $17,695 Unemployment - Regional average (through August 1992) - 6.44 percent Sources: *1990 census figures. The World Almanac and Book of Facts (1982, 1992), US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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