2010 Census: San Diego population now a minority-majority

Figures for the 2010 census are out and they indicate San Diego County is more diversified than ever. KUSI's Ed Lenderman has been looking at the numbers and reports on the latest details.

The past decade saw the county grow by 10-percent and our population makeup is now a minority-majority.

The last decade saw dramatic increases in both our Hispanic and Asian populations. Hispanics now make up 32-percent of the county's population, Asians 11-percent. But no one ethnic group holds the majority:

We asked John Weeks, a San Diego State Geography Professor and Director of the school's International Population Center to help analyze the 2010 census numbers.

“For 20 years in a row, we've lost population of non-Hispanic whites fewer in 2010 than 2000 and fewer from 2000 to 1990,” said Weeks, “between Asians, Latinos and African-Americans, that group represents the majority population in the county for the first time in history.”

The other clear trend in the census report is that population shifts and there is a continued suburbanization in San Diego. That includes country-living in places such as Alpine. But countywide, no locale experienced as much growth as San Marcos, a population increase of 52-percent. Lots of developable land, including the master planned community of San Elijo Hills.

Not everybody headed to the burbs, however, the redevelopment of downtown's East Village, spearheaded by Petco Park, “that has been a counter-trend, a disproportionately larger increase of non-Hispanic white increase, all the condos etc. and Golden Hill too, a lot of gentrification there,” said Weeks.

Looking ahead to the next census in 2020, says Woods, we will find a majority population in the county: the biggest percentage will be Hispanic.

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