Hispanics were the majority in California when it was part of Mexico more than 165 years ago, and will again be the state’s largest ethnic group by early next year, the Golden State’s Department of Finance says.
“According to estimates based on data from the 2010 Census, Hispanics now represent 39 percent of the California population due to their birth rate plus immigration,” Bill Schooling, chief of the Demographic Research Unit of the state’s Finance Department, told Efe.
“That 39 percent signifies a number equal to that of non-Hispanic whites, and according to the same estimates, there is no doubt that by the beginning of next year, Latinos will have taken the lead over other ethnicities in the state,” he said.
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- 5 facts about Hispanics for Hispanic Heritage Month | Pew Research Center (policyabcs.wordpress.com)