50.5 million -- Latinos in the United States (out of 308.7 million people)
67 -- Percentage of Latino voters who voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election
31 -- Percentage who chose John McCain
38.6 -- Percent of eligible voters in New Mexico who are Latino, the most of any state
Because of their growing numbers and presence in some of the key battleground states, Latinos are expected to play a prominent role in this year’s battle for the White House between President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
By the numbers, here’s a look at Latino voters:
50.5 million – Latinos in the United States (out of 308.7 million people)
16 – Percentage of the total U.S. population in 2010 that was Latino.
43 – Percent increase since the 2000 census of the Latino population in the United States, according to the 2010 census.
29 – Projected percentage of the U.S. population that will be Latino in 2050.
131 million – Total number of voters in the 2008 presidential election.
59.4 – Percent of Latinos who were registered voters in 2008.
49.9 – Percent who voted in the 2008 presidential election.
42.7 – Percent of the Latino population that is eligible to vote.
22.4 – Percent of Latinos in the U.S. who are of voting age but who are not citizens.
63 – Percent of the Latino population in the U.S. from Mexican origins.
82 – Percent population growth of Latinos in Nevada from 2000 to 2010.
67 – Percentage of Latino voters who voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election.
31 – Percentage who voted for John McCain.
68 – Percent of registered Latino voters surveyed in 2011 who said they would support President Obama over Mitt Romney in a presidential match-up in 2012.
23 – Percent who answered that they would support Mitt Romney.
38.6 – Percent of eligible voters in New Mexico who are Latino, the most of any state.
3 – Number of states tying for lowest number of eligible voters who are Latino, 0.7%: Kentucky, South Carolina and West Virginia. See racial and ethnic breakdown for all 50 states and D.C.
82 – Counties with a Latino population majority, out of 3,143 total.
Sources for these statistics come from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Pew Hispanic Center and the Brookings Institution.