With Latinx/Hispanic people making up 16.3% of the 327.2 million US population, we are certainly increasing our presence and power in all aspects of life.
- Economic Stimulation: Buying Power – Hispanics spent 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars in 2015. The buying power is expected to increase to 1.7 trillion U.S. dollars by 2020, accoriding to the Statista Research Department.
- Education: Latinos are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in higher education. Excelencia in Education released the report Latinos in Higher Education: Compilation of Fast Facts in May 2019 that showed 41% of Latino students enrolled in public two-year public institutions, 28% enrolled in public four-year public institutions, 11% enrolled in private for-profit institutions, 10% enrolled in private four-year non-profit institutions.
- Politics: The Emerging Electorate: Latinx Voters, in North Carolina more specifically. The good people at DemocracyNC released a report describing how the Latinx vote can ultimately decide the upcoming + future elections. We’re giving all the credit to DemocracyNC for this report! Get the facts you need to know by checking out the intro + downloading the full report.
Latinx voters are poised to play an important role in North Carolina’s 2019 and 2020 elections.
The 2018 midterm election brought a surge in Latinx voter turnout, and the Latinx voter population as a whole continues to grow. Projections from the State Demographer’s Office indicate that Latinxs make up 11 percent of the state population in 2019, but almost one in six (17%) of North Carolinians under 18 are Latinx. Further, while two out of three Latinxs in North Carolina are citizens overall, more than 9 out of 10 Latinx North Carolinians under 18 are citizens.1 As a result, we can expect Latinx communities to play a greater role in the elections to come, especially as young Latinx North Carolinians reach voting age.
This report is a follow up to Democracy North Carolina’s 2012 A Snapshot of Latino Voters in North Carolina,2 and will examine the latest available data about Latinx communities and voters in North Carolina. It will highlight Latinx communities in both rural and urban parts of the state, and present Latinx-specific concerns and needs related to elections and voting.
adapted from: DemocracyNC.ORG
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