Data: Brookings Institution; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios
Colorado is contributing to the country’s Latino boom.
Driving the news: The Hispanic or Latino population in the U.S. grew by 23% during the past decade, a new census analysis shows. But as Axios’ Stef W. Kight reports, some Colorado metros saw a population surge nearly two times that rate.
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Metro areas with the fastest-growing Latino populations between 2010 and 2020 were:
Why it matters: A national demographic shift is in motion, and the rapidly growing and more dispersed Latino populations come with important implications for politics at all levels of government.
What they’re saying: Candidates from both parties must “address the needs and challenges of Latinos — because they are going to play such a critical role in elections,” Marco Dorado, a Democratic activist and state director for All On The Line, tells Axios Denver.
A growing number of Hispanic voters also opens opportunities to put Latinos into power, including in Congress, Dorado says.
The big picture: Colorado’s Latino population increased to 22% and four counties now have non-white majorities, as we previously reported.
The bottom line: “We have long known that Colorado is in a Latino population growth mode,” Nicole Nieto, executive vice president of the National Hispanic Institute, tells Axios.
With more representation, Colorado Latinos will “run and support candidates who reduce barriers and create conditions for economic and social prosperity,” she says.
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