Earlier this year, demographic experts from California’s Department of Finance predicted that by mid-2013 Latino and non-Hispanic white populations in the state would be the same size. Today, both groups number around 15 million.
Earlier this year demographic experts from California’s Department of Finance predicted that by mid 2013 Latino and non-Hispanic white populations in the state would be the same size. Today both groups number around 15 million.
The department report also said that by 2064 Latinos will outnumber whites by 25 million to 15.6 million.
The population spike is attributed to immigration and high birth rates.
While the populations may be equal in size, there are still large gaps between the two in education and income.
Even though second-grade testing scores are increasing among Latino children, their non-Hispanic white counterparts outscore them by just over 20 percent.
Latinos are also having a difficult time recovering from the recession.
In 2011, Latinos earned an estimated 12 percent less than in 2000, and report a current median household income nearly 23 thousand dollars lower than the state’s white population.
The CEO and President of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce points out that the Latino population is, however, significantly younger. Their median age is 27 compared to the non-Hispanic white average of 45.