Why Indian Voters Matter In The US Elections?

by Rahul Gautam 3 years ago Views 3073

Why Indian Voters Matter In The US Elections?
Amid all the eyes being set on the US Presidential Elections 2020 to know who sits on the most powerful constitutional office for the next 4 years, here is some data on why eligible Indian-American voters could significantly tilt the result in favour of Democrats or Republicans. 

According to a report by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), an organisation that works with people from South Asian nations, the number of American-Indians increased between 2010 and 2017 from 29,18,807 to 40,94,539, which is a rise of 40.3% in seven years.

The report also says that out of these, around 15,58,594 people - the ‘Indian Vote’- possess the right to vote, which is the largest group among migrants from South Asian countries. The report also shows how Indians are more affluent compared to people from other nations.

According to the American Community Survey 2017, the largest number of Indians have settled in California, at 7.3 lakhs. After that, there are 3.7 lakh Indians in New York, 3.7 lakh in New Jersey, 3.5 lakh in Texas, 2.3 lakh in Illinois and 1.5 lakh in Florida. 

The number of Indian immigrants in 18 out of 50 U.S. states is higher than the number of immigrants from other nations.

In terms of percentage, the highest number of Indians are in New Jersey at 4.1%, in Rhode Island at 3.36%, in New York at 1.88%, in Illinois at 1.81%, in California at 1.8% and in Delaware at 1.61%.

The population of Indian immigrants is more than 1% in 16 out of 50 U.S. states.

According to data from the American Census, the number of people hailing from the state of Gujarat is 20% of the total population of American-Indians.

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