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).

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  • 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).

List compiled by the Hispanic Leadership Network. Website: http://hispanicleadershipnetwork.org

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