By Raul de la Cruz
Rio Grande Guardian
McALLEN, TX — There is a big difference between the total number of Hispanics living in the Rio Grande Valley and the number that are U.S. citizens, a new report shows.
The number of Hispanics living in Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr and Willacy counties is 1,138,350, according to NALEO. The number of Hispanic U.S. citizen adults in the same four counties is 511,892. And the number of Hispanic registered voters in the region is 411,260.
NALEO stands for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Ahead of the March 4 primary election, NALEO’s educational fund has issued a 2014 profile of the Hispanic electorate in Texas and the Hispanic candidates running for office in the Lone Star State. In the study, NALEO refers to Hispanics as Latinos.
The study shows that the Valley has the highest number of Hispanics registered to vote, more than Harris County, Bexar County, Dallas-Fort Worth, or El Paso County. However, when it comes to the overall Hispanic population, Harris County and Dallas-Fort Worth has more Hispanics than the Valley. Meanwhile, Bexar County has the most Hispanic U.S. citizen adults in Texas, followed by Harris County and then the Valley.
The study paints a picture of the Valley having more non-citizen Hispanics and a younger Hispanic population than other metro areas in Texas.
In a news release unveiling its new report, the NALEO Educational Fund says…