Abstract

The United States is changing demographically, and Hispanics/Latinos are the largest minority group in the country. Often, Hispanics/Latinos are the driving force behind population stabilization and growth in non-metropolitan areas. Examining life satisfaction among Hispanic/Latino immigrant residents is critical to ensuring the viability of these communities. The purpose of this study was to explore life satisfaction among Hispanic/Latino immigrants in non-metropolitan communities in the Midwest. The sample included 206 participants (M age = 39 years old; 61.1% female). Results indicated that life satisfaction was rated high. There were significant positive bivariate correlations between life satisfaction and sense of community, perceived safety, and good health, and there was a significant negative bivariate correlation between life satisfaction and discrimination. The linear regression model showed that sense of community, perceived safety, and community of residence were significant predictors of life satisfaction. This study has implications for community development initiatives in rural areas with immigrant residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalRural Society
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 3 2020

Keywords

  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Life satisfaction
  • community development
  • discrimination
  • newcomers
  • rural
  • safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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