California’s white population continues to decline

June 5, 2010

Newly released figures indicate that California’s white population has declined since 2000 at an unprecedented rate, making it possible for Hispanics eventually to emerge as the state’s largest population group. [San Francisco Chronicle]

There were 500,000 fewer whites living in California in 2008 than in 2000, according to statistics released by the state Department of Finance. The decline took place at the same time as the overall population increased by 4 million to a new high of 38.1 million.

By 2008, whites made up 40 percent of Californians, down from 47 percent at the turn of the century. By comparison, the Hispanic population grew during the same period from 30 percent up to 37 percent.

Analysts say one reason for the population shift is the so-called “white flight” as Anglos have left the state for Nevada, Washington, and Arizona, where their dollar goes further.

There is also a decline in births among white Californians, contributing to the new demographic. White women are putting more emphasis on career and not having as many babies.

A steadily growing Hispanic population is expected to surpass whites as the state’s largest racial demographic in 2016. Hispanics are expected to become a majority of all Californians by 2042.

The median age for whites in California is 44; 28 for Hispanics.



  1. hotdog says:

    I understand all the angst but let’s keep some history in the mix. Just talking about california-first the white folks stole it from Mexico and then we wiped out any real americans (Indians) that stood in our way. The European invasion, of which all or most of the bloggers here are descendants of, was a classic take over.

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    • racket says:

      I hear you hotdog. I am still awaiting reparations for the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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    • mkaney says:

      I totally agree with your sentiments hotdog. Racket – there is a difference between putting a situation in context and suggesting reparations. I am a strong supporter of cutting off state services to illegal aliens, but I think people have the inalienable right to live and work wherever they want.

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    • Willow says:

      Don’t forget the Spaniards (Mexico) were wiping out the Indians, too, and just as brutally, if not more.

      Even today, Mexicans look down on their “Indigenos” so all this posturing about them being here first is total bunk. Historically, they’re just as selfish and greedy as the next white man.

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    • justme says:

      Thanks for the history lesson. That’s H-I-S-T-O-R-Y oh great moralist. Now, say goodbye to your home and everything else familiar for parts unknown becauseI it’s time toleave because you are now in the P-R-E-S-E-N-T. You’ll have plenty of time to research more history if you stay in CA cuz you’ll be unemployed because 12 bucks an hr. won’t cut it. Wake up.

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  2. Spectator says:

    I call it smart white flight! You betcha! It would be far more if people could sell their California homes and move elsewhere. Many places in the world are better to live in with far more affordable housing, far less taxes, and a better climate without water shortages etc. But in most cases you need a lot of money to move. Any country in the Americas will not take poor immigrants, and if you try and sneak in to a country, really bad things happen, like jail time with large fines to get out. And they have roadblocks to catch illegals! You had better carry a passport and tourist visa even if you are on a bus.

    Mr. Holly is correct. In addition the illegal Mexican immigrants take much of the money they earn and send it home, an action that is destructive to California’s economy. Unfortunately California has become heaven for those who don’t pay the taxes.

    Things will get worse. Already there is a movement to eliminate Prop 13. You think these politicians really care? They only care about themselves, after all, most are lawyers!

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  3. racket says:


    The article didn’t say anything about “illegal,” it just said “hispanic.”

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    • thinkaboutit says:

      I was wondering when you guys would figure that one out.

      PS: “Norman Conquest”…hilarious. :-)

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    • Robert1 says:

      Because that’s how the liberal press has been serving up these articles year after year,they almost refuse to use the word illegal,undocumented is the new political term.That way they get the votes after the Government gives them amnesty.

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  4. calvertworthington says:

    If there was not a ‘demand’ (jobs) for cheap, off the books labor, there would not be illegal immigrants in such numbers. I’m a ‘native’ Californian, love the state, and have spent the past two years looking in other states for a home. The main reason is cost of housing. Sure, a home in the valley might be affordable to some, but for the same money there are homes in much nicer places in neighboring states. What’s delaying my move? Elderly family rooted in Calif.

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    • thinkaboutit says:

      Yes, people sure like to bash immigrants, but then employers everywhere hire them to supply the demand. Now that we’re fully codependent, our world’s 8th largest world economy would collapse in short order without them picking our produce.

      Notice the 2008 combined civilian labor force of 18.6 million and our top trade partner: Mexico. Coinkydink? I don’t think so. Is it far-fetched to say we don’t rock the boat with Mexico much in exchange for an excuse for a national border and innumerable American jobs? Last time I saw tomatoes in the vegetable aisle at the store, five varieties were from Mexico; only one was from the United States. I seriously doubt we’ll be (really) putting our foot down anytime soon.

      If there’s blame to be thrown around, let it start right here…first.

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      • racket says:

        In the same vein as buying “fair trade” coffee, we could be part of the solution if we all committed to buy exclusively “Honkey Pickt” lettuce.

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        • racket says:

          Seconds later, that becomes “White Grown” lettuce, which smacks of racism.

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          • racket says:

            So we clean it up by calling them “Patriot Greens,” or something.

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    • Robert1 says:

      I am right behind you,father passed in 2004,my Mom is 78 and when she passes I will leave Cali also ,a native myself with 6 siblings (4 left decades ago) I sold 2 pieces of real estate and have the final one on the market.Utah is where I am going.

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  5. Mr. Holly says:

    “Where the dollar goes further?” Give me a break, it’s because government is taking the money to pay for the illegal immigrants. DA

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