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January 19, 2016

Latinos in the 2016 Election: New Jersey

    This profile provides key demographic information on Latino eligible voters1 and other major groups of eligible voters in New Jersey.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 New Jersey’s Eligible Voter Population

    Population and Electorate in the United States and New Jersey, 2014
    • The Hispanic population in New Jersey is the seventh largest in the nation. About 1.7 million Hispanics reside in New Jersey, 3.1% of all Hispanics in the United States.
    • New Jersey’s population is 19% Hispanic, the eighth largest Hispanic statewide population share nationally.
    • There are 831,000 Hispanic eligible voters in New Jersey—the seventh largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter population nationally. California ranks first with 6.9 million.
    • Some 14% of New Jersey eligible voters are Hispanic, the ninth largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter share nationally. New Mexico ranks first with 40%.
    • Some 48% of Hispanics in New Jersey are eligible to vote, ranking New Jersey 22nd nationwide in the share of the Hispanic population that is eligible to vote. By contrast, 78% of the state’s white population is eligible to vote.
    Characteristics of Eligible Voters in New Jersey and the United States, 2014 Characteristics of Eligible Voters in New Jersey, 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.