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Hispanic entrepreneurs do best in Texas

San Diego ranked 108 out of 150; Oceanside and Chula Vista also do poorly

A study by WalletHub, which prepares statistics on cities, metro areas, and states, indicates that San Diego and its nearby cities are not particularly good places for Hispanic entrepreneurs.

Cities were ranked on two metrics: Hispanic business-friendliness, such as percentage of businesses owned by Hispanics, five-year survival rate of business, startups per capita, small business loans, and average office rent; and, Hispanic purchasing power, including affordability, Hispanic unemployment, and percentage of Hispanics with at least a bachelor's degree.

Out of 150 cities, San Diego ranked 108. Oceanside ranked 92nd and Chula Vista 69th. The three highest-ranking cities were all in Texas: Laredo, El Paso, and Corpus Christi.

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A study by WalletHub, which prepares statistics on cities, metro areas, and states, indicates that San Diego and its nearby cities are not particularly good places for Hispanic entrepreneurs.

Cities were ranked on two metrics: Hispanic business-friendliness, such as percentage of businesses owned by Hispanics, five-year survival rate of business, startups per capita, small business loans, and average office rent; and, Hispanic purchasing power, including affordability, Hispanic unemployment, and percentage of Hispanics with at least a bachelor's degree.

Out of 150 cities, San Diego ranked 108. Oceanside ranked 92nd and Chula Vista 69th. The three highest-ranking cities were all in Texas: Laredo, El Paso, and Corpus Christi.

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We had a mayor who was going to open an office as the City of San Diego liaison in Tijuana. He didn't last long. Our metropolitan area is divided by more than an international border. Exceptionalism doesn't translate into any-friendliness. It's mutually impoverishing. What should we learn from those Texans?

April 28, 2016

rehftmann: One thing most people learn about Texans is not to believe their pronouncements. Best, Don Bauder

April 28, 2016

I agree. I like to brag. I sit on the "top rail." Texas is always bigger. As the son of a Texan, it was drilled into me.

April 28, 2016

Ponzi: Call it a superiority complex. It's a common Texas trait. Best, Don Bauder

April 29, 2016

Another Texophobe, eh?

April 28, 2016

Flapper: Think of those poor Oklahomans who have to live next to Superman and Wonder Woman. Best, Don Bauder

April 29, 2016

I am from family in Texas. They settled in The Republic of Texas in 1840. I have spent a lot of time there over the years. Saw my aunts 500 acre farm outside of San Antonio, where I hunted rabbit as a kid, get encircled by development. My cousins who inherited Irene's ranch sold off land, but still live on a 50 acre plot surrounded by track-homes and a big Walmart big box center. They dedicated it to a bird sanctuary. It's mind-blowing how much Texas is growing. I guess they got the land.

In Texas there always was a big Mexican influence of course. The Mexicans invited the gringos (and other immigrants) to settle in the Texas territory. I recall they had to learn Spanish, convert to Catholic, be loyal to Mexico and other oaths.

Hispanics do well in Texas because they have such close, long-term (think family wealth) and connections via El Paso, Loredo, San Antonio old guard, and Mexico City. Texas doesn't complain about "illegal immigration" like California and Arizona. After all, Texas (Tejas), means "friends" or "allies."

April 28, 2016

Ponzi: I have only been in San Antonio once. I walked over to see the Alamo. Everybody whispers inside that shrine. It's that sacred. Some of the names of the soldiers who got trapped inside are recognizable. It is obvious that many if not most were soldiers of fortune who were not native Texans. (I think Kit Carson was one.)

I read the history. I couldn't figure out why the troops didn't flee before the enemy arrived. The soldiers had a couple of days to get out of there and for some reason sat there. Were they imbibing?

I would never say this to a Texan, of course -- certainly not to an armed Texan. (I understand most Texans -- even Kindergarten children -- are armed.) Best, Don Bauder

April 29, 2016

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