15% of registered voters in Nevada are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
The foreign-born share of Nevada’s population rose from 8.7% in 1990, to 15.8% in 2000, to 18.8% in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nevada was home to 508,458 immigrants in 2010, which greater than the total population of Atlanta, Georgia.
- 41.8% of immigrants in Nevada (or 212,409 people) were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2010—meaning that they are eligible to vote.
- 15.1% (or 173,268) of all registered voters in Nevada are “New Americans”—naturalized citizens or the U.S.-born children of immigrants who were raised during the current era of large-scale immigration from Latin America and Asia which began in 1965—according to an analysis of 2008 Census Bureau data by Rob Paral & Associates.
Latinos and Asians make up one-third of all Nevadans—and they vote.
- The Latino share of Nevada’s population grew from 10.4% in 1990, to 19.7% in 2000, to 26.6% (or 719,435 people) in 2010. The Asian share of the population grew from 2.9% in 1990, to 4.5% in 2000, to 7.3% (or 197,439 people) in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Latinos comprised 11.6% (or 119,000) of Nevada voters in the 2008 elections, and Asians 3.4% (or 35,000), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The numbers of Latino and Asian voters exceeded Barack Obama’s margin of victory over John McCain (120,909 votes) in this electoral battleground state.
- In Nevada, 86.8% of children with immigrant parents were U.S. citizens in 2009, according to data from the Urban Institute.
- In 2009, 90.6% of children in Asian families in Nevada were U.S. citizens, as were 90.2% of children in Latino families.
Immigrants are essential to Nevada’s economy as workers and taxpayers.
- Immigrants comprised 24.5% of the state’s workforce in 2010 (or 344,290 workers), according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Latino immigrants in Nevada paid roughly $2.6 billion in federal taxes and $1.6 billion in state and local taxes(including $500 million in sales taxes) in 2005. The money that Latino immigrants “earn and spend in Nevada accounts for about 25% of the State’s Gross State Product,” and Latino immigrant “employment, income and spending results in the creation of 108,380 jobs in Nevada,” according to a 2007 report from the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.
- Latino immigrants comprised about 16% of the state’s entire workforce in 2005, and an even higher share in select industries: 81% of the agricultural workforce, 47% of the construction and mining workforce, and 22% of the entertainment and tourist services workforce, according to a 2007 report from the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.
Unauthorized immigrants are integral to Nevada’s economy as workers, taxpayers, and consumers.
- Unauthorized immigrants comprised 10% of the state’s workforce in 2010 (or 140,000 workers), according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
- Unauthorized immigrants in Nevada paid $133.5 million in state and local taxes in 2010, according to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, which includes:
- $16.1 million in property taxes.
- $117.4 million in sales taxes.
- If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Nevada, the state would lose $9.7 billion in economic activity, $4.3 billion in gross state product, and approximately 45,533 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.
Latino and Asian entrepreneurs and consumers add tens of billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to Nevada’s economy.
- The 2010 purchasing power of Nevada’s Latinos totaled $14.9 billion—an increase of 1,019.8% since 1990.Asian buying power totaled $6.5 billion—an increase of 1,071.8% since 1990, according to the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.
- Nevada’s 18,035 Latino-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $3.2 billion and employed 21,922 peoplein 2007, the last year for which data is available. The state’s 17,542 Asian-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $3.8 billion and employed 23,862 people in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners.
Immigrants are important to Nevada’s economy as students.
- Nevada’s 2,874 foreign students contributed $65.7 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2009-2010 academic year, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
Naturalized citizens excel educationally.
In Nevada, 24.5% of foreign-born persons who were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2009 had a bachelor’s or higher degree, compared to 12.6% of noncitizens. At the same time, only 23.7% of naturalized citizens lacked a high-school diploma, compared to 48.4% of noncitizens.
- The number of immigrants in Nevada with a college degree increased by 127.2% between 2000 and 2009, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute.
- In Nevada, 79.8% of children with immigrant parents were considered “English proficient” as of 2009, according to data from the Urban Institute.
- The English proficiency rate among Asian children in Nevada was 90.6%, while for Latino children it was 81.3%,as of 2009.