Latinos in the 2014 Election: Connecticut
This profile provides key demographic information on Latino eligible voters1 and other major groups of eligible voters in Connecticut.2 All demographic data are based on Pew Research Center tabulations of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey.3
Hispanics in Connecticut’s Eligible Voter Population
- The Hispanic population in Connecticut is the 17th largest in the nation. About 511,000 Hispanics reside in Connecticut, 1% of all Hispanics in the United States.
- Connecticut’s population is 14% Hispanic, the 11th largest Hispanic statewide population share nationally.
- There are 265,000 Hispanic eligible voters in Connecticut—the 16th largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter population nationally. California ranks first with 6.4 million.
- Some one-in-ten Connecticut eligible voters are Hispanic, the 10th largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter share nationally. New Mexico ranks first with 40%.
- Some 52% of Hispanics in Connecticut are eligible to vote, ranking Connecticut 12th nationwide in the share of the Hispanic population that is eligible to vote. By contrast, more than three-quarters (78%) of the state’s white population is eligible to vote.
Characteristics of Eligible Voters
- Age. About three-in-ten Hispanic eligible voters in Connecticut (31%) are ages 18 to 29, about the same as the share of all Latino eligible voters nationwide (33%) in that age range. By contrast, only 19% of all Connecticut eligible voters and 22% of all U.S. eligible voters are ages 18 to 29.
- Citizenship and Nativity. Among Hispanic eligible voters in Connecticut, 17% are naturalized U.S. citizens. This is less than the 25% of Hispanic eligible voters in the U.S., but just 9% of all eligible voters in Connecticut and 8% of eligible voters in the U.S. overall are naturalized U.S. citizens.
- Hispanic Origin. Hispanic eligible voters in Connecticut have a much different Hispanic origin profile than Hispanic eligible voters nationwide. Only 5% of Hispanic eligible voters in Connecticut are of Mexican origin, two-thirds (67%) are of Puerto Rican origin, and 28% claim other Hispanic origin. Among all Hispanic eligible voters nationwide, 59% are Mexican, 14% are Puerto Rican, and 27% are of some other Hispanic origin.
- Educational Attainment. About one-quarter of Latino eligible voters in Connecticut (27%) have not completed high school, triple the 9% of all Connecticut eligible voters who have not completed high school and slightly higher than the 23% of Hispanics nationwide who have not completed high school.
- Homeownership. About four-in-ten Hispanic eligible voters in Connecticut (42%) live in owner-occupied homes, lower than the 56% of all Hispanic eligible voters nationwide. Greater shares of all eligible voters in Connecticut (71%) and all eligible voters nationwide (67%) live in owner-occupied homes.
Characteristics of Eligible Voters in Connecticut, by Race and Ethnicity
- Number of Eligible Voters. White eligible voters outnumber Hispanic eligible voters in Connecticut by more than 7 to 1. There are a similar number of Hispanic eligible voters (265,000) and black eligible voters (225,000) in Connecticut. Hispanic eligible voters outnumber Asian eligible voters by about 4 to 1.
- Age. Latino eligible voters are younger than white, black and Asian eligible voters in Connecticut. Some 31% of Latinos are ages 18 to 29, compared with 17% of white eligible voters, 25% of black eligible voters and 20% of Asian eligible voters.
- Educational Attainment. Hispanic eligible voters have lower levels of education than do white, black and Asian eligible voters in Connecticut. Some 27% of Hispanic eligible voters have not obtained a high school diploma, compared with 7% of white eligible voters, 12% of black eligible voters and 10% of Asian eligible voters.
- Homeownership. Hispanic eligible voters (42%) are less likely to live in owner-occupied homes than black (46%), white (78%) or Asian (74%) eligible voters.
- 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. ↩
- The terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” are used interchangeably. References to other races and ethnicities are to the non-Hispanic components of those populations. ↩
- This statistical profile of eligible voters is based on the Census Bureau’s 2012 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 2012 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. ↩