Wisconsin

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  • Total Latino Population

    372,248

  • Median Age of Latinos

    24.4

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $37,140

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    77,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    21.4%

  • Latino Homeownership

    40.7%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    11.3%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Wisconsin increased by 90.5% and accounted for 46.1% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Wisconsin’s Latino population totaled 372,248 and constituted 6.5% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine. 3 The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Milwaukee and Dane. 4

In 2014, Wisconsin’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 168,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 77,000 and constituted 2.6% of all registered voters in the state. 6

Approximately 68.8% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 7

2014

Wisconsin 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. 8

78.2% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (70.7% were native born and 7.6% were naturalized). 9

29.4% of Latinos were foreign born. 10

62.1% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 11

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 56.3% spoke English “very well”, 21.3% spoke English “well”, 16.1% spoke English “not well”, and 6.3% spoke English “not at all.” 12

The median age of Latinos was 24.4 years compared to 41.9 years for Whites. 13

39.5% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 20.7% of Whites. 14

Latinos comprise 11.3% of all persons under the age of 18. 15

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 35.5% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 7.2% of Whites), 30.3% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 32.3% of Whites), 21.9% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 31.1% of Whites), 7.3% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 19.8% of Whites), and 4.9% had a Graduate degree (compared to 9.6% of Whites). 16

Median household incomes totaled $37,140 for Latinos and $55,619 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 17

21.4% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 5.7% of Whites. 18

40.7% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 70.5% of White households) and 59.3% were renter occupied (compared to 29.5% of White households). 19

7.4% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 4.4% of Whites. 20

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 136.2% over a 10-year period, going from 3,750 in 2002 to 8,856 in 2012. 21 22

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $3.1 million, representing an increase of 31.4% from 2007. 23 24

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 17,141 people with an annual payroll of $445,827. 25

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Wisconsin totaled $7.7 billion. 26

From 2000 to 2014, Wisconsin’s immigrant population increased 44.6%, growing from 193,751 in 2000 to 280,157 in 2014 (immigrant share of 4.9% in 2014). 27

In 2014, 31.8% of immigrants living in Wisconsin entered the U.S. before 1990, 23.7% entered between 1990 and 1999, 30.2% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 14.2% entered after 2010. 28

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 21.7% of immigrants living in Wisconsin were born in Latin America, 34.6% were born in Asia, 18.2% were born in Europe, 3.5% were born in Africa, and 2.8% were born in other regions. 29

44.5% of all immigrants in Wisconsin were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 30

In 2012, 116,135 people (or 3.5% of all registered voters in Wisconsin) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 31

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 174,392 and made-up 5.7% of Wisconsin’s workforce. 32

Between 2009 and 2013, 46,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Wisconsin, representing 68% of the undocumented civilian population. 33 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Wisconsin would result in a $2.6 billion loss in economic activity and a $1.2 billion loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 14,579 jobs. 34

Undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin paid $83.7 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 35

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