Colorado’s Latino population boom will shape local politics
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.
Metro areas with the fastest-growing Latino populations between 2010 and 2020 were:
- Fort Collins — 41.2%
- Colorado Springs — 38.7%
- Greeley — 37.4%
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.
- While Democrats have typically enjoyed strong support among Latinos, there are signs some may be skewing to the right.
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.
- Among those is Adams County, a prime political battleground and one of the state's most populous counties.
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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