Rapid growth is the overriding characteristic of the Hispanic population, but that growth comes in many forms. The project’s demographic reports focus on the current and projected growth of the Latino population, trends in immigration, unauthorized migration, countries of origin of U.S. Latinos, regional patterns of settlement and related factors.
Also see our statistical portraits, state and county databases, demographic profiles and Census 2010 tables for data on the characteristics of the Latino and foreign-born populations in the United States.
An Awakened Giant: The Hispanic Electorate is Likely to Double by 2030
Aging, Naturalization and Immigration Will Drive Growth
Latino Voters in the 2012 Election
Obama 71%; Romney 27%
Latinos, Religion and Campaign 2012
Latinos are divided by religion in their preferences in the upcoming presidential election. Three-quarters of Latino Catholics and eight-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Latinos support President Barack Obama’s re-election.
Latino Voters Support Obama by 3-1 Ratio, But Are Less Certain than Others about Voting
Latino registered voters prefer President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 69% to 21% and express growing satisfaction with the direction of the nation and the state of their personal finances but are somewhat less certain than non-Hispanics that they will vote in this election, according to a new nationwide survey of 1,765 Latinos.
Latinos and the 2012 Election
A Record 24 Million Latinos Are Eligible to Vote, But Turnout Rate Has Lagged That of Whites, Blacks
Due to their ongoing population growth, Latinos comprise a greater share of the nation’s eligible voters than they did just a few years ago—11.0% this year, up from 9.5% in 2008 and 8.2% in 2004. However, the turnout rate of eligible Latino voters has historically lagged that of whites and blacks by substantial margins.
Latinos in the 2012 Election: Alabama
There are 45,000 eligible Hispanic voters in Alabama, 1% of all eligible voters in the state.
Latinos in the 2012 Election: Arizona
There are 824,000 eligible Hispanic voters in Arizona, 19% of all eligible voters in the state.
Latinos in the 2012 Election: Arkansas
There are 51,000 eligible Hispanic voters in Arkansas, 2% of all eligible voters in the state.
Latinos in the 2012 Election: California
There are 5.9 million eligible Hispanic voters in California, 26% of all eligible voters in the state.