10 Facts About Hispanics in Colorado

Feb 06, 2012, 09:51 ET from Hispanic Leadership Network

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Hispanic Leadership Network:

  • 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).

To book an interview with HLN Executive Director Jennifer S. Korn, please contact Lisette Garcia at (202) 370-3454 or via e-mail at lgarcia@americanactionnetwork.org.  

Jennifer S. Korn is Executive Director of the Hispanic Leadership Network. Previously, Ms. Korn served in the George W. Bush Administration as Director of Hispanic and Women's Affairs in the White House Office of Public Liaison, as well as Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to her public service, Ms. Korn was National Hispanic Director and Southwest Coalitions Director on President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. As such, she developed and supervised the implementation of the strategy that resulted in President Bush receiving 44% of the Hispanic vote. Ms. Korn was born in East Los Angeles and is the first in her family to attend college. She is a military spouse.

The Hispanic Leadership Network is an advocacy action group focused on engaging the Hispanic community on center-right policies based on the principles of freedom, limited government and individual empowerment. HLN serves as a home for center-right Hispanic advocates across the country whose goal is to restore opportunity and prosperity in America.

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