According to DataUSA, the racial mix of Norwalk’s population is 52% white, 27% Latino, and 14% Black. Sixteen percent of residents are not US citizens, making Norwalk a de facto sanctuary city. Demographers have long forecast Norwalk becoming a Latino-dominant city.
Latinos reportedly own over 200 local small businesses and are increasingly becoming homeowners in Norwalk — a city with 40% renters. There are real prospects for Norwalk to become a Latino-dominant middle-class city with most becoming homeowners and participating in a vigorous locally-owned small business community, just like Norwalk was three or four decades ago, when its white citizens mostly were homeowners with hundreds of locally owned businesses.
So the obvious question is why Latinos are not a major force in local politics. If Latinos are inheriting Norwalk they have everything to gain by seeking to control city spending that is eroding property values, discouraging home ownership and discouraging local small business formation.
Peter I Berman