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|March 29, 2017|
Graying of California seen as populous expands
Californians will have a lot more company under some long range population projections just issued. But several factors coming into play portend a changing make-up based on age, ethnicity and location.
One-fourth of the state’s population is presently under the age of 18. By 2060, 26 percent of California’s residents will be over 65 with an average age of 45.
The majority Hispanic population is projected to grow from 39-percent today to 46-percent by 2060.
By 2051, California is projected to join the ranks of Japan and many European countries which have more deaths than births, while migration is expected to keep California’s population growth rate on the positive side.
The State Department of Finance predicts that the Inland Empire, comprised of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, will remain among the state ten most-populous and fastest-growing.
The current combined population of the two counties is nearly 4.7 million. It’s predicted to reach 5.6 million by 2036 and 6.8 million by 2060.
Counties in the greater Los Angeles region will add the most Californians over the next 45 years.
Story Date: March 23, 2017