California's Population Milestone

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 11:59am

Hispanics will make up largest demographic block in California by the end of the year.

A major milestone revealed in California's Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal is coming for the state's Latino population.

Within six months, there will be as many Latinos living in California as whites and by the end of 2013 the Hispanic population will become the largest group in the state.

"When you take a look at births in California, among newborns, Latinos make up nearly half of all newborns in the state of California," says Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director for the Pew Hispanic Center.

"What has also been interesting is that California has seen rapid growth in its Hispanic population because of immigration," explains Lopez.

And as California goes, so goes the nation.

"Between 2000 and 2010, the nation's Hispanic population grew by 43 percent. Alone, it counted for half of the nation's population growth," says Lopez. "In many respects, California looks like the future of the United States demographically."

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