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Hispanic population continues to surge in Florida, what does it mean for 2016?

What difference does four years make? For Florida, in a presidential election year, the difference means surging population growth that could influence the outcome of the national contest.

The state remains a crucial swing state in the presidential sweepstakes but, since 2012, Florida’s electorate has changed in important ways — exacerbating the role of its growing Hispanic and elderly populations and potentially sowing seeds of a more disruptive revolution to come.

The generational and ideological tensions that could emerge between the aging baby boomers, who data shows have become more conservative and less trusting of government, and Florida’s increasingly diverse younger generations have the potential to make Florida a bellwether for the nation — again.

New population data released by the U.S. Census bureau June 23 shows that the state grew by 1.46 million people from 2010 to 2015. Looking at ethnicity, Hispanics represent 51 percent of the growth. Looking at age groups, people 65 and older represent 46 percent of the growth. In five years, Florida’s Hispanic population grew 18 percent overall — six times more than non-Hispanic whites, and nearly twice as fast as blacks. Story here. 

[Last modified: Sunday, July 3, 2016 7:01pm]

    

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