The number of Latinos living in California will soon equal — and later outnumber — the white population living there, marking a dramatic shift in the state’s demographics that has occurred in recent decades.
The Sacramento Bee reported Monday that the Latino Democratic Club is hosting an event on Monday that will highlight how 15 million Latinos now call the state home — roughly the same as non-Hispanic whites.
The newspaper reported that demographers with the state Department of Finance earlier this year projected that the Hispanic and non-Hispanic white populations will even out by mid-2013.
“Early in 2014, the Hispanic population will become the plurality in California for the first time since California became a state,” the demographers wrote.
The report attributes the growth to immigration and high birth rates in the Hispanic community.
The Department also said that California by 2064 will have 25 million Latinos and 15.6 million whites. It was a different story 15 years ago when whites outnumbered Latinos in California by 5 million, according to the Census.
The Sacramento Bee report pointed out that there are still wide gaps between the two groups when it comes to differences in income and education achievement.
The Sacramento Bee reported (http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/01/5536254/latinos-poised-to-catch-up-with.html#storylink=cpy) Monday that the Latino Democratic Club is hosting an event on Monday that will highlight how 15 million Latinos now call the state home - roughly the same as non-Hispanic whites.