Nevada

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State Highlights
  • Total Latino Population

    790,034

  • Median Age of Latinos

    27.5

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $43,640

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    189,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    25.2%

  • Latino Homeownership

    43.2%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    40.5%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Nevada increased by 97.4% and accounted for 47.5% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Nevada’s Latino population totaled 790,034 and constituted 27.8% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Sunrise Manor. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Washoe and Clark. 4

In 2014, Nevada’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 351,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 189,000 and constituted 17.4% of all registered voters in the state. 6

Approximately 51.3% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 7

2015

Nevada added a new law, NV A65, that specifies the punishment for individuals who advertise notary services when they are not licensed attorneys in the state. 8

Additionally, NV SJR21 asks Congress for immigration reform. 9

2014

Nevada 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

Nevada enacted NV S303, which designates a driver’s card that can be obtained regardless of one’s legal status. Applicants may use passports or birth certificates as proof of identity. 11

73.1% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (60.9% were native born and 12.2% were naturalized). 12

39.1% of Latinos were foreign born. 13

75.3% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 14

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 56.8% spoke English “very well”, 16.9% spoke English “well”, 17.2% spoke English “not well”, and 9.2% spoke English “not at all.” 15

The median age of Latinos was 27.5 years compared to 40.9 years for Whites. 16

34.0% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 21.0% of Whites. 17

Latinos comprise 40.5% of all persons under the age of 18. 18

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 37.2% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 12.8% of Whites), 29.9% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 28.2% of Whites), 24.0% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 34.7% of Whites), 6.7% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 15.6% of Whites), and 2.3% had a Graduate degree (compared to 8.8% of Whites). 19

Median household incomes totaled $43,640 for Latinos and $54,099 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 20

25.2% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 10.4% of Whites. 21

43.2% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 58.8% of White households) and 56.8% were renter occupied (compared to 41.2% of White households). 22

8.9% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 8.0% of Whites. 23

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 248.0% over a 10-year period, going from 9,741 in 2002 to 33,903 in 2012. 24 25

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $6.0 million, representing an increase of 90.7% from 2007. 26

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 5,149 people with an annual payroll of $128,539. 27 28

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Nevada totaled $16 billion. [footnote]Humphreys, Jeffrey M, 2015, “Table 13: Hispanic Buying Power by Place of Residence for United States and the States, 1990, 2000, 2010, 2015, and 2020 (millions of dollars).”The Multicultural Economy: 2015, Selig Center for Economic Growth, Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia.

From 2000 to 2014, Nevada’s immigrant population increased 74.3%, growing from 316,593 in 2000 to 551,722 in 2014 (immigrant share of 19.4% in 2014). 29

In 2014, 38.3% of immigrants living in Nevada entered the U.S. before 1990, 24.7% entered between 1990 and 1999, 28.2% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 8.8% entered after 2010. 30

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 57.4% of immigrants living in Nevada were born in Latin America, 30.5% were born in Asia, 7.0% were born in Europe, 2.7% were born in Africa, and 2.4% were born in other regions. 31

45.3% of all immigrants in Nevada were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 32

In 2012, 244,614 people (or 20.8% of all registered voters in Nevada) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 33

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 366,022 and made-up 23.6% of Nevada’s workforce. 34

Between 2009 and 2013, 78,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Nevada, representing 62% of the undocumented civilian population. 35 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Nevada would result in a $9.7 billion loss in economic activity and a $4.3 billion loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 45,533 jobs. 36

Undocumented immigrants in Nevada paid $93.9 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 37

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