Special to SEGAZINE
Paulina Medina moved from Mexico to Warner Robins about 14 years ago, and she doesn’t think she’ll move back.
Now 24, she’s studying early childhood education so she can help other youths in English as a Second Language classes, much as she was.
“When I started, there were probably two Hispanics in the school. Now there are a bunch,” she said.
Medina works at Hispano American Multiservice in Warner Robins, which sells insurance, helps with tax filings and provides other services to Middle Georgia’s burgeoning Hispanic population. Other Hispanic-oriented businesses have opened up along Warner Robins’ two main commercial streets and in Macon’s Rocky Creek Road area. The business of serving Hispanics is a growth industry.
U.S. Census Bureau estimates released recently show that most Middle Georgia counties lost non-Hispanic residents over the last few years, while 10 of 11 counties added Hispanic residents.