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RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Paul N. McDaniel

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Immigrant-owned businesses allow for immigrants to establish themselves in a foreign country and can also provide a sense of community to other immigrants living in the same area. Immigrants tend to settle in areas where there are others of the same nationality and speak the same languages, because it provides immigrants with a social connection. Immigrant-owned businesses can be indicative of an ethnoburb, which is defined as a notable cluster of an ethnic minority population in a suburban context. With a focus on Latinx immigrant-owned markets in Cobb County, Georgia, this study aims to find the connection between Latinx immigrant-owned markets and ethnoburbs, the connection between Latinx immigrant market ownership and place of origin, and the disadvantages/advantages of Latinx business owners in Cobb County. The research questions include: Are Latinx markets representative of an ethnoburb in Cobb County? Is there a connection between Latinx market ownership and place of origin for Latinx residents in Cobb County? What are the advantages/disadvantages for Latinx business owners in Cobb County? The research methods for this study include analysis of quantitative secondary data from the Census Bureau, and analysis of secondary data about immigrant-owned businesses in Cobb County. The results of this study will allow for a broader understanding of Latinx businesses, and the Latinx community in Cobb County. Aggregate results and quantitative data analysis of census data about the Latinx population in Cobb County will also be of benefit to local institutions.

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Geographic Study of Latinx Immigrant-Owned Markets in Cobb County, Georgia

Immigrant-owned businesses allow for immigrants to establish themselves in a foreign country and can also provide a sense of community to other immigrants living in the same area. Immigrants tend to settle in areas where there are others of the same nationality and speak the same languages, because it provides immigrants with a social connection. Immigrant-owned businesses can be indicative of an ethnoburb, which is defined as a notable cluster of an ethnic minority population in a suburban context. With a focus on Latinx immigrant-owned markets in Cobb County, Georgia, this study aims to find the connection between Latinx immigrant-owned markets and ethnoburbs, the connection between Latinx immigrant market ownership and place of origin, and the disadvantages/advantages of Latinx business owners in Cobb County. The research questions include: Are Latinx markets representative of an ethnoburb in Cobb County? Is there a connection between Latinx market ownership and place of origin for Latinx residents in Cobb County? What are the advantages/disadvantages for Latinx business owners in Cobb County? The research methods for this study include analysis of quantitative secondary data from the Census Bureau, and analysis of secondary data about immigrant-owned businesses in Cobb County. The results of this study will allow for a broader understanding of Latinx businesses, and the Latinx community in Cobb County. Aggregate results and quantitative data analysis of census data about the Latinx population in Cobb County will also be of benefit to local institutions.