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  • Total Latino Population

    541,152

  • Median Age of Latinos

    28.3

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $39,148

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    116,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    16.2%

  • Latino Homeownership

    32.7%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    31.8%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Connecticut increased by 67.1% and accounted for 117.5% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Connecticut’s Latino population totaled 541,152 and constituted 15.0% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Bridgeport, Hartford, and Waterford. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Fairfield and Hartfield. 4

In 2014, Connecticut’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 220,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 116,000 and constituted 7.0% of all registered voters in the states. [footnote]Ibid

Approximately 58.6% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 6

2015

CT S988 ensured that the Labor Commissioner’s grants-in-aid are also made available to groups that work with populations such as migrant workers. 7

Connecticut also passed legislation (CT H6366) that allows individuals to apply for a drive only license with either a foreign national ID or birth certificate. However, all drive-only licenses must explicitly state that they cannot be used for voting. 8

2014

CT H5537 created a state office that focuses improving the health of populations with historically disproportionate health care, including immigrants. 9

82.9% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (74.8% were native born and 8.1% were naturalized). 10

25.2% of Latinos were foreign born. 11

73.3% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 12

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 59.4% spoke English “very well”, 17.6% spoke English “well”, 16.6% spoke English “not well”, and 6.4% spoke English “not at all.” 13

The median age of Latinos was 28.3 years compared to 44.2 years for Whites. 14

31.8% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 19.4% of Whites. 15

Latinos comprise 2% of all persons under the age of 18. 16

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 28.4% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 7.9% of Whites), 33.0% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 27.1% of Whites), 21.9% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 24.6% of Whites), 10.5% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 22.7% of Whites), and 6.2% had a Graduate degree (compared to 17.7% of Whites). 17

Median household incomes totaled $39,148 for Latinos and $76,008 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 18

16.2% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 4.5% of Whites. 19

32.7% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 72.5% of White households) and 67.3% were renter occupied (compared to 27.5% of White households). 20

11.8% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 6.2% of Whites. 21

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 156.1% over a 10-year period, going from 9,408 in 2002 to 24,092 in 2012. 22 23

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $3.1 million, representing an increase of 22.4% from 2007. 24U.S. Census Bureau, 2007. Statistics for All U.S. Firms by Industry, Gender, Ethnicity, and Race for the U.S., States, Metro Areas, Counties, and Places (SB0700CSA01), Survey of Business Owners.[/footnote]

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 15,996 people with an annual payroll of $494,862. 25[/footnote]

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Connecticut totaled $13.8 billion. 26

From 2000 to 2014, Connecticut’s immigrant population increased 33.0%, growing from 369,967 in 2000 to 491,919 in 2014 (immigrant share of 13.7% in 2014). 27

In 2014, 36.7% of immigrants living in Connecticut entered the U.S. before 1990, 22.2% entered between 1990 and 1999, 27.9% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 13.2% entered after 2010. 28

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 41.8% of immigrants living in Connecticut were born in Latin America, 25.2% were born in Asia, 25.1% were born in Europe, 4.6% were born in Africa, and 3.3% were born in other regions. 29

48.0% of all immigrants in Connecticut were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 30

In 2012, 258,782 people (or 14.7% of all registered voters in Connecticut) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 31

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 323,036 and made-up 15.9% of Connecticut’s workforce. 32

Between 2009 and 2013, 73,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Connecticut, representing 71% of the undocumented civilian population. 33 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Connecticut would result in a $5.6 billion loss in economic activity and a $2.5 billion loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 24,119 jobs. 34

Undocumented immigrants in Connecticut paid $136.6 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 35

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