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First “Majority Minority” State’s Evolution Will Impact Politics, Education, Business

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – In a new report issued today, The Greenlining Institute summarizes the remarkable, continuing evolution of America’s first “majority minority” state. Drawn primarily from state Department of Finance estimates and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey,  “California’s New Majority” will provide a useful reference for journalists, businesspeople, political leaders and others needing to understand and reach California’s diverse population.

The full report, assembled by Greenlining Research Director Daniel Byrd, Ph.D., is available online here. Among the highlights:

  • By 2040, Latinos will make up approximately 48 percent of California’s population. The Latino population will increase by roughly 15.5 million people from 2000 to 2040 – more than the entire current populations of Los Angeles and Orange counties combined.
  • During the same period, the state’s Asian population will increase by 3.4 million, making up 13 percent of California’s population.
  • California’s Asian population is highly diverse, with no clear majority among a wide variety of nationalities and cultures.
  • While California’s African American population will grow by nearly 300,000 people, the black percentage of the population will decline slightly.
  • Alameda and Solano counties have the highest percentages of African Americans, while Imperial and San Benito counties have the highest percentages of Latinos. San Francisco and Santa Clara counties have the largest percentages of Asians.