In 2010, the Latino population totaled 50.5 million, constituted 16.3% of the U.S. population, and accounted for approximately 50% of the nation’s total population growth during the previous decade. Experts predict that by 2042 no ethnic or racial group will comprise a majority of the U.S. population. If it is true that “demography is destiny,” then fulfilling the political destiny of Latinos in the United States is arguably well within reach. And, if the 2012 presidential election turns out to be as close as the experts predict, the Latino vote could definitely prove decisive.
The 7th edition of the Almanac of Latino Politics surveys the political landscape and provides a roadmap for Latino advancement and, without a doubt, will again prove to be the most practical and useful resource of its kind as it has since 2000. The 2012 issue consists of two parts – eight chapters on national trends pertaining to population growth, registration and voting, immigration, and political jurisdictions at the state and federal levels; and individual profiles of all 50 states including elected officials, current political issues, social and business demographics, registered voters, and population by race, ethnic origin, ancestry groups, cities, counties, and voting age. A review of U.S. Senate seats and Governorships being contested in 2012 are also profiled.
In the survey of political jurisdictions, the Almanac profiles all 435 districts in the U.S. House of Representatives, identifying incumbents by name, gender, ethnic/racial background, political affiliation, the size of the ethnic/racial minority constituency, and political ideology. Over 3,000 legislative districts in which effective electoral coalitions of minorities and progressive whites could significantly impact the outcome of elections are also profiled, thus further enabling them to elect candidates of their choice.
Using the most recent data available the state profiles have been expanded to include very useful statistical information on Latino educational attainment, language ability, business ownership, median income, and much more. The profiles also provide immigration related data, including population size, year of entry, percentage of state workforce, and tax contributions. The state profiles also include the District of Columbia.
The Almanac is a must read for campaign strategists, pundits, corporate and labor leaders, public and private sector policy-makers, academicians, researchers, commentators, columnists, students, and anyone else trying to understand the political implications of Latino population growth.