With the Colorado Caucus on February 7, Top 10 Facts About Latinos in Colorado

Feb 6, 2012
10:33 pm

The following was released by the Hispanic Leadership Network:

WASHINGTON, DC – Colorado has the 8th largest Hispanic population nationwide. In tomorrow's Republican presidential primary, 13% of all eligible voters in the state will be Latinos. Here are 10 facts about Hispanics in the Centennial State.

  • Colorado's Hispanic population is 1,038,687 or 20.65% of the state's total population (2010 U.S. Census). 
  • Colorado has the 8th largest Hispanic population nationwide (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
  • Colorado has 434,000 eligible Hispanic voters, 13% of all eligible voters in the state (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010). 
  • Approximately 44% of Hispanics in Colorado are eligible to vote (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010). 
  • White eligible voters outnumber Hispanic eligible voters in Colorado almost eight-to-one; 3.4 million Whites to 434,000 Hispanics (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010). 
  • Hispanic eligible voters are younger than White eligible voters in Colorado. Among Hispanic eligible voters, 30% are ages 18 to 29 compared with 21% of White eligible voters (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010). 
  • The unemployment rate for Hispanics is almost double that of Whites in Colorado; 13.4% for Hispanics and 7.5% for Whites. (Economic Policy Institute, 2011). 
  • In the 2008 presidential election, President Barack Obama (D) won 61% of the Hispanic vote, while John McCain (R) won 38% (Pew Hispanic Center, 2008). 
  • In 2010, Michael Bennet (D) defeated Ken Buck (R) by a slim two-point margin. Senator Bennet was propelled to victory, in large part, by winning 81% of the Hispanic vote, while Buck won 19%. 
  • Currently, Hispanic voters overall approve of President Obama's job performance 59% to 39%. However, his standing with Hispanic Independent voters is not as strong. Sixty-one percent of Hispanic Independents believe that President Obama has not delivered on his 2008 campaign promises, and 67% believe that he has been a weaker leader than they had expected (Resurgent Republic/HLN poll, 2011).