Latinos are poised to reshape California's demographics
With a declining birthrate and ebbing migration into California from other states and nations, the historically fast-growing state will see only relatively slow population expansion in the foreseeable future, the state's own demographers conclude.
However, these trends also mean that Latinos are likely to become the state's largest single ethnic group sometime this year, a data-packed section of Gov. Jerry Brown's new state budget plan concludes.
That's a couple of years earlier than previous demographic expectations.
By July 1, the budget says, California's population is expected to top 38 million, about 300,000 or 0.8 percent higher than last July 1. As the economy improves, the state expects a slight uptick in population growth to an average of 340,000 a year through 2017 with "natural increase" - births minus deaths - accounting for virtually all of it.