CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20: Republican presidential candidates spent the week campaigning leading up to the state's primary elections, when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)2012 Getty Images
As the Republican primary takes place Tuesday in Illinois, well over a half a million Latino voters will be able to cast their votes. Below, the Hispanic Leadership Network has released its Top 10 Interesting Facts about Latinos residing in the prairie state.
- There are roughly 2.3 million Hispanics in Illinois, which constitute 15.8% of the state's population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
- There are 749,000 eligible Hispanic voters in Illinois (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
- In Illinois, 38% of Hispanics are eligible to vote. In contrast, 77% of the state's non-Hispanic white population is eligible to vote (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
- A third (33%) of Hispanic eligible voters in Illinois is 18 to 29 years old, compared to 27% of Non-Hispanic Black eligible voters and 20% of Non-Hispanic White eligible voters (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
- In Illinois, 28% of Hispanics do not have health insurance. In contrast, only 9% of Non-Hispanic Whites do not have health insurance (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
- The annual personal earning of Hispanics 16 and older is $21,600, whereas the annual personal earning of Non-Hispanic Whites is $33,000 (Pew Hispanic Center, 2009).
- The median age of Hispanics in Illinois is 26, whereas the median age of Non-Hispanic Whites is 40 (Pew Hispanic Center, 2009).
- Between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew over 35% in Illinois (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
- Roughly 4% of all Hispanics in the United States reside in Illinois (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
- In Illinois, 27% of Hispanic eligible voters have not obtained a high school diploma, compared to 20% of Non-Hispanic Black eligible voters and 9% of Non-Hispanic white eligible voters (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).