Rhode Island

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  • Total Latino Population

    148,095

  • Median Age of Latinos

    26.4

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $30,797

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    22,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    17.2%

  • Latino Homeownership

    26.6%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    23.2%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Rhode Island increased by 61.6% and accounted for 1150.7% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Rhode Island’s Latino population totaled 148,095 and constituted 14.0% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Providence and Pawtucket. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Providence and Kent. 4

In 2014, Rhode Island’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 45,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 22,000 and constituted 4.5% of all registered voters in the state. 6

Approximately 59.1% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 7

2015

In Rhode Island, RI S97 established that homeless people have the right to shelter services, regardless of their immigration status. 8

2014

Rhode Island passes RI S3125, which established a task force to review the certification processes professionals who received their certification in foreign countries. 9

75.9% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (60.7% were native born and 15.3% were naturalized). 10

39.3% of Latinos were foreign born. 11

79.1% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 12

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 55.3% spoke English “very well”, 16.3% spoke English “well”, 17.6% spoke English “not well”, and 10.8% spoke English “not at all.” 13

The median age of Latinos was 26.4 years compared to 43.1 years for Whites. 14

33.3% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 18.1% of Whites. 15

Latinos comprise 23.2% of all persons under the age of 18. 16

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 35.2% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 11.8% of Whites), 28.6% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 29.0% of Whites), 23.1% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 30.1% of Whites), 10.3% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 19.5% of Whites), and 2.8% had a Graduate degree (compared to 10.9% of Whites). 17

Median household incomes totaled $30,797 for Latinos and $59,487 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 18

17.2% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 5.0% of Whites. 19

26.6% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 63.7% of White households) and 73.5% were renter occupied (compared to 36.3% of White households). 20

11.8% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 7.0% of Whites. 21

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 147.5% over a 10-year period, going from 3,415 in 2002 to 8,451 in 2012. 22 23

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $50,192, representing an increase of 9.7% from 2007. 24 25

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 2,025 people with an annual payroll of $58,963. 26

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Rhode Island totaled $2.9 billion. 27

From 2000 to 2014, Rhode Island’s immigrant population increased 18.4%, growing from 119,277 in 2000 to 141,233 in 2014 (immigrant share of 13.4% in 2014). 28

In 2014, 39.7% of immigrants living in Rhode Island entered the U.S. before 1990, 22.3% entered between 1990 and 1999, 24.1% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 13.9% entered after 2010. 29

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 44.5% of immigrants living in Rhode Island were born in Latin America, 20.4% were born in Asia, 21.9% were born in Europe, 11.7% were born in Africa, and 1.3% were born in other regions. 30

51.6% of all immigrants in Rhode Island were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 31

In 2012, 75,073 people (or 13.6% of all registered voters in Rhode Island) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 32

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 89,287 and made-up 15.5% of Rhode Island’s workforce. 33

Between 2009 and 2013, 19,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Rhode Island, representing 65% of the undocumented civilian population. 34 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Rhode Island would result in a $698 million loss in economic activity and a $310 million loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 3,780 jobs. 35

Undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island paid $33.1 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 36

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