Hispanics will outnumber whites in California next year for the first time and will represent almost half of all residents by 2060, the state’s Finance Department said.
A larger percentage of the working-age population will be Hispanic and Asian as the white baby boomer population ages into retirement, according to a department report today.
“These younger and more diverse cohorts will help maintain the potential for the growth of the labor force and the economy in California,” according to a department news release.
California’s population changes mirror those nationwide. Hispanics and Asians are the nation’s fastest-growing minority groups, doubling by 2060, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2043, minorities as a whole will make up the majority of the U.S. population, though whites will still be the largest single group.
-- With assistance from Frank Bass in Washington. Editors: Stephen Merelman, Mark Schoifet