The Hispanic population is looking young.
Millennials make up roughly a quarter of Hispanics in the United States, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released on Tuesday. The analysis found that Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 33 comprise 26 percent of the population, while those younger than 18 make up 32 percent. Taken as a whole, the two age groups account for well over half of the Hispanic population in the United States, making it the youngest ethnic group in the country.
It’s a dynamic that has played out over 34 years. The Hispanic population has always been one of the youngest in the United States, dating back to the 1980s. Then, the median age of the Hispanic population was 22, increasing to 28 in 2014, according to the Pew analysis. The reason there are such large swaths of young Hispanics in the United States is that many of them are born here, marking a divide within the community. While nearly three-quarters of Hispanics born in the United States are currently under 34, Hispanics over the age of 34 are more likely to be foreign born. As the Pew analysis notes, waves of immigration from over the last 50 years are driving this youth trend—and their voices are being heard. What’s unfolding this election cycle—and is most apparent in the Democratic primary—is a split between the voting patterns of two generations of Hispanics.