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January 19, 2016

Latinos in the 2016 Election: District of Columbia

    This profile provides key demographic information on Latino eligible voters1 and other major groups of eligible voters in the District of Columbia.2 All demographic data are based on Pew Research Center tabulations of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey.3

    Hispanics in the District of Columbia’s Eligible Voter Population

    Population and Electorate in the United States and District of Columbia, 2014
    • The Hispanic population in the District of Columbia ranks 42nd in the nation. About 68,000 Hispanics reside in District of Columbia, 0.1% of all Hispanics in the United States.
    • The District of Columbia’s population is 10% Hispanic, the 19th largest Hispanic statewide population share nationally.
    • There are 27,000 Hispanic eligible voters in the District of Columbia—ranking 44th in terms of Hispanic statewide eligible voter population nationally. California ranks first with 6.9 million.
    • Some 5% of District of Columbia eligible voters are Hispanic, the 22nd largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter share nationally. New Mexico ranks first with 40%.
    • Some 40% of Hispanics in the District of Columbia are eligible to vote, ranking the District of Columbia 32nd nationwide in the share of the Hispanic population that is eligible to vote. By contrast, 85% of the District’s white population and 76% of the District’s black population are eligible to vote.
    Characteristics of Eligible Voters in D.C. and the United States, 2014 Characteristics of Eligible Voters in D.C., by Race and Ethnicity, 2014
    1. Eligible voters are defined as U.S. citizens ages 18 and older. Eligible voters are not the same as registered voters. To cast a vote, in all states except North Dakota, an eligible voter must first register to vote.
    2. The terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” are used interchangeably. References to other races and ethnicities are to the non-Hispanic components of those populations.
    3. This statistical profile of eligible voters is based on the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is the largest household survey in the United States, with a sample of about 3 million addresses. The data used for this statistical profile come from the 2014 ACS Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), representing a 1% sample of the U.S. population. Like any survey, estimates from the ACS are subject to sampling error and (potentially) measurement error. More information is available on ACS sampling strategy and associated error.