Latinos in the 2014 Election: Wyoming
This profile provides key demographic information on Latino eligible voters1 and other major groups of eligible voters in Wyoming.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 Wyoming’s Eligible Voter Population
- The Hispanic population in Wyoming is the 43rd largest in the nation. About 54,000 Hispanics reside in Wyoming, 0.1% of all Hispanics in the United States.
- Wyoming’s population is 9% Hispanic, the 22nd largest Hispanic statewide population share nationally.
- There are 31,000 Hispanic eligible voters in Wyoming—the 40th largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter population nationally. California ranks first with 6.4 million.
- Some 7% of Wyoming eligible voters are Hispanic, the 15th largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter share nationally. New Mexico ranks first with 40%.
- Some 57% of Hispanics in Wyoming are eligible to vote, ranking Wyoming sixth 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
- Age. About one-third of Hispanic eligible voters in Wyoming (34%) 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 22% of all Wyoming eligible voters and of all U.S. eligible voters are ages 18 to 29.
- Citizenship and Nativity. Among Hispanic eligible voters in Wyoming, 10% are naturalized U.S. citizens, less than Hispanic eligible voters nationwide (25%). Only 2% of all eligible voters in Wyoming are naturalized citizens, as are 8% of all U.S. eligible voters.
- Hispanic Origin. Hispanic eligible voters in Wyoming have a different Hispanic origin profile from Hispanic eligible voters nationwide. About two-thirds of Hispanic eligible voters (68%) in Wyoming are of Mexican origin, compared to 59% among all U.S. Hispanic eligible voters. About 1% of Hispanic eligible voters in Wyoming are Puerto Rican and 1% are Cuban, while the remaining 31% is of another Hispanic origin. Among all U.S. Hispanic eligible voters, 14% are Puerto Rican and 5% are Cuban.
- Educational Attainment. Some two-in-ten Latino eligible voters in Wyoming have not completed high school, twice the 9% of all Wyoming eligible voters who have not completed high school and about the same as the 23% of Hispanics nationwide who have not completed high school.
- Homeownership. About two-thirds of Hispanic eligible voters (63%) in Wyoming live in owner-occupied homes, greater than the 56% of all Hispanic eligible voters nationwide. Hispanic eligible voters in Wyoming live in owner-occupied homes at about the same rate as all eligible voters nationwide (67%), but greater shares of all eligible voters in Wyoming (70%) live in owner-occupied homes.
Characteristics of Eligible Voters in Wyoming, by Race and Ethnicity
- Number of Eligible Voters. White eligible voters outnumber Hispanic eligible voters in Wyoming by a margin of 12 to 1 (380,000 vs. 31,000).
- Age. Latino eligible voters are younger than white eligible voters in Wyoming. Some 34% of Latinos are ages 18 to 29, compared with 21% of white eligible voters.
- Educational Attainment. Hispanic eligible voters have lower levels of education than do white eligible voters in Wyoming. Some 20% of Hispanic eligible voters have not obtained a high school diploma, compared with 7% of white eligible voters.
- Homeownership. Hispanic eligible voters (63%) are less likely to live in owner-occupied homes than white eligible voters (72%).
- 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. ↩