Iowa's Latino Vote in 2020

Latino Vote – Iowa & other important facts about our community

Information provided by LULAC & State of Iowa

LULAC initiated a successful voter registration campaign during the 2016 campaign. The impressive ground operation, organized and executed by LULAC Iowa’s eighteen councils throughout the state, ensured that Latinos represented one out of eight Caucus goers in 2016. LULAC continued its voter outreach and currently, 70% of adult Latinos are now registered to vote in Iowa. As a result, Latinos will now represent one out of every four Caucus goers in 2020. In a state with a small population, LULAC’s grassroots work means that Iowa’s Hispanics will finally have a big seat at the caucus table this year.

194,432 is the estimated Latino population of Iowa as of July 1, 2018, making people of Hispanic or Latino origin the state’s largest race or ethnic minority. Latinos constitute 6.2 percent of the state’s total population.  This is a 135.8% change in the Latino population from 2000 to 2018 (based on a 2018 Annual Population Estimates and noted in the State of Iowa website).

The median age of Iowa’s Latino population: 24 

The median age for the state of Iowa is 38.2.

Following are the number of registered Latino voters in Iowa and breakdowns

52,311 registered Latino Voters in Iowa, as of 12-31-18

  • 24,354 – female
  • 27,957 – male
 
  • 23,110 registered democrats
  • 23,557 registered nonparty
  • 5,164 registered republicans
  • 325 registered Libertarian
  • Remaining is Other

Voting age

  • 28,194 Latino voters are 35 and younger
  • 24,117 Latino voters are 36 and older
  • 17,297 Latino voters are 30 and under

Top 15 counties, ranking order, for Latino voters (77% of our vote) --

 

County

 

count

 

Polk

 

9,711

 

Woodbury

4,876

 

Scott

 

4,250

 

Johnson

 

3,639

 

Muscatine

3,389

 

Pottawattamie

2,031

 

Buena Vista

2,005

 

Linn

 

1,871

 

Marshall

 

1,831

 

Blackhawk

1,649

 

Story

 

1,536

 

Crawford

 

1,387

 

Wapello

 

807

 

Louisa

 

772

 

Sioux

 

736

 

57.5% of the total 2017 Latino population live in eight counties Polk, Woodbury, Scott, Marshall, Johnson, Muscatine, Linn, and Pottawattamie.

41,637 is the number of Latinos in Polk County in 2018, making it largest population of Latinos in any county at 21.4% of the state-wide population. 

28.5% of total population in Crawford County who are Latino in 2018.  Other Iowa counties with a high percentage of Latinos are Buena Vista (26.0%), Marshall (22.4%), Muscatine (18.3%), and Woodbury(17.0%).

52.6% (over half) of the growth in Iowa’s Latino population from 2000-2018 occurred in seven counties: Polk, Woodbury, Johnson, Marshall, Scott, Linn, and Pottawattamie. The Latino population in Ringgold increased by 961.5% and by 638.1% in Lyon county between 2000 and 2018.

 

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