Latinos surpass whites in California
July 8, 2015
California’s Latino population now exceeds its white population, recently released census figures show. [LA Times]
As of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos lived in California. California’s white population, as of last summer, was 14.92 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
California had approximately 38.8 million residents in 2014. Latinos are expected to account for about 49 percent of the population by 2060.
In 1970, 2.4 million Latinos lived in California, accounting for 12 percent of the population. At the time, 15.5 million whites live in the state and comprised more than 75 percent of the population.
By 1990, 7.7 million residents, or 25 percent of the population, were Latino.
The current Latino population has a median age of 29. The median age of the white population is 45.
California is now the third state that does not have a white plurality. Hawaii and New Mexico are the other two.
Both California and Los Angeles County have the largest Latino populations among states and counties in the United States.