Sunday, January 20, 2013
California's Hispanic population is expected to become the state's majority ethnicity by the end of 2013 according to a new report by the governor's office
New ethnicity trends outlined in Gov Jerry Brown's 2013-14 budget proposal revealed the state's expected new majority while identifying the state’s declining birth rates and increasing migration as causes. As early as July 2013, Hispanics are expected to be equal in size to non-Hispanic whites before outpacing them, according to the report, with both demographics in that month reaching 39% of the population. It's a swap that comes earlier than experts had expected. Brown, responding to the outlined future of his state, has since proposed shifting more school funding to those schools with more students in poverty and/or don't speak English. Currently 40% of the state's students are living in poverty and 20% are non-native English speakers he said. The report also found that the state's Hispanics are predominantly younger than whites - with 19% of Hispanics over the age of 50 compared to 43% of whites. Nationally, Hispanics are already the fastest growing demographic, with their population increasing by 3.1% since 2010.