even on ocracoke, things can change
Ocracoke Island life can seem like you’ve taken a small step back in time. But change has come to the island, as the Hispanic folks who came to work have stayed and started their own Ocracoke families and businesses. Jeff Hampton, writing for The Virginian-Pilot introduces us to a few of the newer residents who are shifting the demographics of the island.
“Ibarra, 42, and his wife were among the first Hispanics to move to Ocracoke.
Today, Latinos make up nearly 20 percent of the residents. The overall population grew by nearly 200 to 948 in the past decade, according to the 2010 census; the number of Hispanics soared to 181 from 15.
The demographic change has transformed Ocracoke School, which serves pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Of its 161 students, 52 are Hispanic.”