By the Numbers: Puerto Ricans Are a Major Voice in Florida Politics

Presented By #QueVoteMiGente

Boricuas! You can decide the election in Florida – and potentially for the United States. Vote on November 8. Learn more at Que Vote Mi Gente.

Puerto Ricans — and Latinos as a whole – have become one of the most important factors in Florida’s electoral politics, where Boricuas alone could decide the state – and potentially the presidency – if they turn out to vote. These numbers really tell it all…

1M: Number of Puerto Ricans living in Florida.

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4.9M: Total number of Latino households in Florida.

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76%: Population increase of Florida’s Puerto Rican population between 2000-2010, which is considerable.

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The Sunshine State has nearly caught up to New York, which has long been the de facto stateside Puerto Rican capital.

75%+: Percentage of Puerto Rican population in Florida that lives within 10 Florida counties.

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72%: Share of Orlando-area Latinos earning $50,000 or less. This election has consequences for Latinos and Boricuas seeking economic opportunities and jobs. 

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Kissimmee, Fla., home of Pocho’s Puerto Rican restaurant pictured above, is a predominant landing place for Puerto Ricans. Similar income numbers are reflected in Tampa and Central Florida as a whole.

33%: Number of Latinos in Orlando, Tampa and the rest of Central Florida who say they aren’t registered to vote, which groups like Que Vote Mi Gente are working to change.

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The good news? A full 86% of those registered say they’re planning to vote – and many already have. Slay, early voters, slay!

200K: The largest popular vote margin to decide five of the last six Presidential elections, which is a tiny margin in the grand scheme!

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Florida’s 2000 presidential election result was decided by little more than 500 popular votes, just a fraction of the nearly 6 million voters who turned out that year. We’re not kidding when we say Puerto Ricans – and certainly Latinos at large – could dictate the outcome of not just of Florida, but of the United States.

60K+: Average number of Puerto Ricans who’ve left the island in each of the last five years, many of whom have landed in Florida.

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3.5M: Number of Puerto Ricans on the island who are U.S. citizens, but can’t vote.

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0: The number of representatives of Puerto Rican descent that represent Floridians in Congress. For the first time, Boricuas in Florida have the opportunity to elect one of their own to represent them in Congress.  

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2: Communities – aqui y allí – impacted by the Puerto Rican vote.

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1: Voice that you can raise – and one united community – to speak up for the Boricuas here and the millions back home.

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Boricuas! Don’t forget you can vote early until November 6 in Florida! Tell your friends and family to vote! And if you can’t make it out early, Vote on November 8! ¡Vamos todos a votar! Learn more at Que Vote Mi Gente.

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