SACRAMENTO, CAâ€”California’s population is projected to reach almost 60 million by 2050, adding over 25 million since the 2000 decennial census, according to long-range projections by the California Department of Finance.
From less than 34 million Californians in 2000, the data series shows that the state will pass the 40 million mark in 2012, and exceed 50 million by 2032.
The projections show that Hispanics are now expected to constitute the majority of Californians by 2042. By the middle of the century, Hispanics will be 52 percent of the state’s population, with non-Hispanic whites comprising 26 percent. Asians are expected to be 13 percent; blacks, 5 percent; and those of multiple races, 2 percent. Both American Indian and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander groups will each make up less than 1 percent of the stateâ€™s population by 2050.
Los Angeles will continue to be California’s largest county, topping 13 million people by mid-century. With 4.7 million people, Riverside County is expected to be the second largest county at that time, followed by San Diego, with about 4.5 million residents. Orange County will be fourth largest, with slightly less than 4 million people. Source: Central Valley Business Times, July 9, 2007