Posted on January 13, 2010

White Children Now a Minority in California, States Report

Dennis Romero, LA Weekly, January 8, 2010

Don’t tell the producers of The Hills or any of the other youth-oriented television shows that seem to portray people of color as background noise in California, but for the Golden State’s under-18 population whites are now a minority.

This according to U.S. Census data from 2000 to 2009 analyzed by the New York Times, which attributes the shift, in part, to higher birth rates among immigrants. {snip}

The emergence of a nonwhite majority among children should be no surprise to Angelenos, who live in a city that is nearly 50 percent Latino. And, as LAist reported this week, Latinos have now edged out whites as the largest ethnic group in the once Leave It To Beaver-like San Fernando Valley.

Meanwhile California joins Arizona, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas as states where “minority” non-adults are now the majority. {snip}