Georgia

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State Highlights
  • Total Latino Population

    935,279

  • Median Age of Latinos

    25.7

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $39,492

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    99,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    36.7%

  • Latino Homeownership

    44.3%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    13.7%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Georgia increased by 111.8% and accounted for 26.4% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Georgia’s Latino population totaled 935,279 and constituted 9.3% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Atlanta, Gainesville and Columbus. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Gwinnett and Cobb. 4

In 2014, Georgia’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 207,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 99,000 and constituted 2.3% of all registered voters in the state. 6

Approximately 62.6% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 7

2015

Georgia passed legislation, GA H394, that granted licenses for individuals who graduated from international nursing programs deemed equal to accredited U.S. nursing programs. 8

2014

Georgia passed a resolution (GA SR941) requesting that the U.S. government issue more visas to Korean immigrants who possess certain skills and are seeking employment in the United States, thereby helping the economy. 9

Georgia was one of twenty-six states that filed a lawsuit against the federal government, arguing that President Obama’s suspension of immigration laws was unconstitutional. 10

2013

The state passed GA H105, which designated funds for the enforcement of immigration laws, as well as with refugee assistance. 11

65.8% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (55.9% were native born and 9.8% were naturalized). 12

44.1% of Latinos were foreign born. 13

79.6% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 14

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 53.3% spoke English “very well”, 18.9% spoke English “well”, 20.5% spoke English “not well”, and 7.4% spoke English “not at all.” 15

The median age of Latinos was 25.7 years compared to 39.6 years for Whites. 16

39.6% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 22.0% of Whites. 17

Latinos comprise 13.7% of all persons under the age of 18. 18

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 39.8% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 12.7% of Whites), 26.4% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 28.0% of Whites), 18.4% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 27.4% of Whites), 10.7% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 20.2% of Whites), and 4.8% had a Graduate degree (compared to 11.7% of Whites). 19

Median household incomes totaled $39.492 for Latinos and $56,315 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 20

36.7% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 11.5% of Whites. 21

44.3% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 71.0% of White households) and 55.7% were renter occupied (compared to 29.0% of White households). 22

6.8% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 6.1% of Whites. 23

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 208.8% over a 10-year period, going from 18,310 in 2002 to 56,543 in 2012. 24 25

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $7.4 million, representing an increase of 23.4% from 2007. 26 27

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 39,033 people with an annual payroll of $1.1 million. 28

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Georgia totaled $18.5 billion. 29

From 2000 to 2014, Georgia’s immigrant population increased 72.3%, growing from 577,273 in 2000 to 994,651 in 2014 (immigrant share of 9.9% in 2014). 30

In 2014, 278% of immigrants living in Georgia entered the U.S. before 1990, 27.4% entered between 1990 and 1999, 32.8% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 12.0% entered after 2010. 31

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 51.4% of immigrants living in Georgia were born in Latin America, 28.1% were born in Asia, 9.0% were born in Europe, 9.0% were born in Africa, and 2.4% were born in other regions. 32

41.3% of all immigrants in Georgia were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 33

In 2012, 352,734 people (or 7.4% of all registered voters in Georgia) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 34

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 661,631 and made-up 12.0% of Georgia’s workforce. 35

Between 2009 and 2013, 235,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Georgia, representing 65% of the undocumented civilian population. 36 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Georgia would result in a $21.3 billion loss in economic activity and a $9.5 billion loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 132,460 jobs. 37

Undocumented immigrants in Georgia paid $351.8 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 38

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