The Migrating Majority in California

California just keeps growing just as it has for decades, but where it's growing and who is fueling that population growth is the real story of where California is heading.

 New U.S. Census figures are out and they show that Californians are leaving the coast.  Two of the slowest growing areas are San Francisco and Los Angeles.  L.A. County showed only about 3 percent growth, Orange County grew about 6 percent and San Diego County grew 10 percent. 

 But, by contrast, inland there are several counties which are booming.   The population of Riverside County grew a whooping 41%, according to the new census data.  Placer County is the second fastest growing California county at 40 percent.  The inland areas of the state are becoming the new home for people escaping higher costs of housing and a loss of jobs in the big cities along the coast.

 However, the numbers released Tuesday reveal a trend that is more than just migration and population growth, it shows a changing California demographic.  For the first time, Fresno County is now officially boasting a Hispanic majority and several other counties are not far behind.

 Hispanics make up nearly 37.6 percent of the total state population and showed the largest increase of any ethnic group.  Whites dropped to about 40 percent, the Asian population of California is about 13 percent and the black population is 6 percent.

 Fresno County is not an aberration.  For years, the pool of Hispanic Californians has been growing and now, we see, they are migrating to the rural counties like Fresno, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial.  This is also translating into more political power for the state lawmakers who represent those areas in Sacramento. 

 In the next ten years, California will change even more.  The trend will continue.  Government, business, agriculture and retail must take notice or be left behind.  Right now, Los Angeles and the other large cities still have are larger number of Hispanic voters, but if this census trend continues over the next decade, the new majority in the state will end up living in the smaller towns of the rural counties not the big cities along the Pacific Coast.



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