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  • Total Latino Population

    191,325

  • Median Age of Latinos

    23.4

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $40,050

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    26,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    25.4%

  • Latino Homeownership

    46.5%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    16.3%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Nebraska increased by 100.3% and accounted for 57.1% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Nebraska’s Latino population totaled 191,325 and constituted 10.2% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Lincoln and Omaha. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Douglas and Lancaster. 4

In 2014, Nebraska’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 65,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 26,000 and constituted 3.0% of all registered voters in the state. 6

Approximately 50.0% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 7

2014

In Nebraska, NE L998 states that it is against the law to abuse the legal system by instigating a person’s arrest or deportation as a result of immigration law violation. 8

Nebraska also passed a resolution (NE LR399) that submits a request for across-the-board immigration reform. 9

Nebraska 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

72.5% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (63.9% were native born and 8.7% were naturalized). 11

36.1% of Latinos were foreign born. 12

68.6% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 13

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 49.3% spoke English “very well”, 19.9% spoke English “well”, 21.1% spoke English “not well”, and 9.7% spoke English “not at all.” 14

The median age of Latinos was 23.4 years compared to 38.0 years for Whites. [footnote]U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, Median Age by Sex Alone- Hispanic or Latino (B01002I) and White Alone (B01002A), American Community Survey, 1 Year Estimates.

40.1% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 23.3% of Whites. 15

Latinos comprise 16.3% of all persons under the age of 18. 16

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 46.8% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 8.4% of Whites), 25.6% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 27.6% of Whites), 17.3% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 34.0% of Whites), 7.7% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 20.8% of Whites), and 2.6% had a Graduate degree (compared to 9.2% of Whites). 17

Median household incomes totaled $40,050 for Latinos and $54,628 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 18

25.4% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 7.2% of Whites. 19

46.5% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 68.5% of White households) and 53.5% were renter occupied (compared to 31.5% of White households). 20

8.1% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 3.3% of Whites. 21U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, Employment Status (S2301), American Community Survey, 1 Year

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 209.8% over a 10-year period, going from 1,966 in 2002 to 6,090 in 2012. 22 23

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $1.3 million, representing an increase of 64.9% from 2007. 24 25

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 5,149 people with an annual payroll of $128,539. 26

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Nebraska totaled $4.0 billion. 27

From 2000 to 2014, Nebraska’s immigrant population increased 68.0%, growing from 74,638 in 2000 to 125,400 in 2014 (immigrant share of 6.7% in 2014). 28

In 2014, 23.0% of immigrants living in Nebraska entered the U.S. before 1990, 25.9% entered between 1990 and 1999, 33.6% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 17.5% entered after 2010. 29

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 56.3% of immigrants living in Nebraska were born in Latin America, 27.7% were born in Asia, 7.3% were born in Europe, 7.4% were born in Africa, and 1.3% were born in other regions. 30

35.1% of all immigrants in Nebraska were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 31

In 2012, 38,735 people (or 4.3% of all registered voters in Nebraska) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 32

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 82,422 and made-up 7.9% of Nebraska’s workforce. 33

Between 2009 and 2013, 21,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Nebraska, representing 65% of the undocumented civilian population. 34 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Nebraska would result in a $852.4 million loss in economic activity and a $378.6 million loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 5,400 jobs. 35

Undocumented immigrants in Nebraska paid $44.4 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 36

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