As predicted, the Latino population in California has surpassed that of whites, according to the Census Bureau. The news actually happened almost exactly a year ago, but the bureau only just released the official numbers. The Los Angeles Times reported “the new tally, released in late June, shows that as of July 1, 2014, about 14.99 million Latinos live in California, edging out the 14.92 million whites in the state.”
There are 55.4 million Latinos in the United States. With almost 15 million living in California, the state has the largest Latino population, and Los Angeles County is the most populous Latino county.
California hit this marker more than a decade after New Mexico, where the Latino population has outnumbered the white population since 2003. The next state where whites will lose their plurality status will likely be Texas.
Citing professor and dean at UCLA Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, the Times says that “the continued influx and growth of Latinos in the United States is not being fueled exclusively by immigration but by second- and third-generation immigrants who are settling down and starting families.”
While Latinos now make up the largest ethnic population group in California, it will be a long wait before they hit the majority mark. A recent Pew Research Center report cast doubts on predictions of a majority-Latino state around 2060 due to scaled-back birth-rate projections.