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January 19, 2016

Latinos in the 2016 Election: Virginia

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

    Population and Electorate in the United States and Virginia, 2014
    • The Hispanic population in Virginia is the 15th largest in the nation. About 732,000 Hispanics reside in Virginia, 1.3% of all Hispanics in the United States.
    • Virginia’s population is 9% Hispanic, the 28th largest Hispanic statewide population share nationally.
    • There are 277,000 Hispanic eligible voters in Virginia—the 16th largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter population nationally. California ranks first with 6.9 million.
    • Some 5% of Virginia eligible voters are Hispanic, the 27th largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter share nationally. New Mexico ranks first with 40%.
    • Some 38% of Hispanics in Virginia are eligible to vote, ranking Virginia 38th nationwide in the share of the Hispanic population that is eligible to vote. By contrast, 79% of the state’s white population is eligible to vote.

    Characteristics of Eligible Voters in Virginia and the United States, 2014
    Characteristics of Eligible Voters in Virginia, 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.