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California's population would have dropped over the past two decades were it not for a huge increase in Hispanics and Asians, 2010 census figures released Tuesday show.
The trend is the same in Orange County as it is for the state: Whites have been decreasing in large numbers since 1990, while Hispanics and Asians increased. The shifting demographics have helped Anaheim pass Santa Ana as the county's biggest city, with Irvine now a distant third.
The census, completed last year, bears the scars of the national recession â€“ from the number of homes found vacant here to the explosive growth of the less-expensive Inland Empire. It shows that Orange County grew by about 6 percent in the past decade and is now the third most populous county in California, after Los Angeles and San Diego, with a little more than 3 million people.
"We've never had a census like this before, during a recession," said Dowell Myers of USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development. "That kind of distorts a lot of things."
More than 2 million whites have left California â€“ or died â€“ since 1990, the census numbers show. At the same time, though, more than 6 million Hispanics and 2 million Asians moved here or were born here â€“ accounting for almost all of the state's growth over the past two decades.
Without that growth, the state would have lost federal tax dollars, which are often awarded according to census population counts. It could also have lost political clout in Washington, because Congressional districts are determined by the census.
The only thing different in Orange County was the size of the numbers. The county lost about 15 percent of its white population (about 226,000 people) but gained nearly 80 percent more Hispanics (nearly 450,000 people) and more than 120 percent more Asians (more than 290,000 people) since 1990, according to the census. Click here to see an interactive map of the changes in every California county.
Those changes reshuffled the hierarchy of Orange County cities. Anaheim lost more than 20 percent of its white population between 2000 and 2010 but nonetheless emerged as the county's biggest city thanks to increases in its Hispanic and Asian populations.
Anaheim unseated Santa Ana, the county's longtime big-city title holder, which lost whites in big numbers but also lost about 1 percent of its Hispanic population. Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido said he believes there was a miscount, and plans to challenge the numbers.
Irvine gained thousands of white and Hispanic residents, the census showed, but it was the Asian population that pushed it into third place among Orange County cities. That population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010, to nearly 83,000 in a city of about 212,000.
The increase in the Asian population countywide came as no surprise to Janet Nguyen, who was elected the first Asian-American supervisor in Orange County in 2007. She attributed the rise to the second generation of immigrants who have settled here. Now young adults, they're getting married and having children, she said.
"California is kind of the picture of where the nation is going in the next couple of decades," said Steven Ochoa, the national redistricting coordinator for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. "We are a multi-cultural society; we have a great mix of human beings in this state."
But experts were surprised at the decline in the white population, said USC's Myers. He attributed the losses to high unemployment among young adults, who were forced to move out of state to find a job.
But he also speculated that a conservative backlash against the government may have driven down the numbers. He pointed to talk among white conservatives about invasion of privacy and refusal to participate in the census to protest government intrusion. We may be seeing "a new politically induced undercount," he said.
What's certain, though, is that the 2010 census captured a snapshot of America still reeling from the recession. In Orange County alone, it found more than 56,000 vacant housing units â€“ about 5.5 percent of the county's housing stock. In 2000, the number was closer to 3.5 percent.
It also showed a map-changing wave of migration into the Inland Empire, where housing prices were less expensive. While Orange County grew by about 6 percent; Riverside County grew by nearly 42 percent.
That will cause ripples well into the next decade, said Nancy D. Sidhu, the chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. She doesn't expect the housing bust to end the Inland Empire boom, and that will affect Orange County for years to come.
If nothing else, she said, traffic on the 91 freeway could be "potentially more difficult 10 years from now than it is today."
Register Staff Writer Andrew Galvin contributed to this story.
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The Immigration Act of 1965 drastically changed the U.S.'s traditional immigration policy from 90%+ European to 90%+ non-European. Throw in the mostly open southern border through which 10 to 20 million Mexicans and other non-citizens have entered illegally and it's clear that it's been government policy, of both Democrats and Republicans, to transform the U.S. into a mostly non-White country over a very short period of time by historical standards.
At the same time, most of the good manufacturing jobs have been allowed to leave the country, while simultaneously allowing people from all over the world to come in to take many of the jobs still left. The end game is to drastically reduce the middle class by lowering the standard of living for most Americans, not lifting up the standard of living of non-Americans and immigrants. The elites are trying to fashion a neo-feudal global plantation and dumbed-down, ignorant, deracinated, feminist and Cultural Marxist run America is Exhibit A.
Inland Southern California is Fastest Growing in State and Includes Many Commuters
Fri Mar 11, 9:15 pm ET
Inland Southern California is Fastest Growing in State and Report Prepared for the University of California, Riverside Finds 41 Percent of Those Residents Commute Outside Region
Riverside, Calif. (Vocus/PRWEB) March 11, 2011
(http://www.ucr.edu) While Census data released this week showed Inland Southern California as the fastest growing region in the state, a separate report distributed this week found that 41 percent of residents commute to work outside the region.
Keeping that exploding population from commuting to neighboring Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties is a primary motive for producing the â€œRegional Intelligence Report,â€� which was prepared by Beacon Economics for the University of California, Riverside School of Business Administration.
â€œRetaining our workers, and matching local employment opportunities with local skills, will play a significant role in Inland Southern California's economic recovery -- and ultimately in our long-term growth,â€� said David W. Stewart, dean of the UC Riverside School of Business Administration.
Inland Southern California is defined as Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Census data released Wednesday showed that Riverside County grew at nearly 42 percent from 2000 and 2010. That is the highest rate in California. San Bernardino County grew by more than 19 percent.
The Regional Intelligence Report found that the 41 percent of Inland Southern California residents who commute to work outside the region tend to have high-skilled jobs and earn more money.
Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics and one of the reportâ€™s authors, said that the studyâ€™s findings underscore the lack of in-area employment opportunities available to local residents.
â€œIn order to capitalize on its own residents -- especially its highly skilled residents -- it will be important for Inland Southern California to cultivate new business formation and attract existing businesses into the area,â€� Thornberg said.
Some key findings from the Regional Intelligence Report, which used data from 2008, the latest that was available, include:
* Nearly 41 percent of residents who commute outside the two counties for work make more than $40,000. By contrast, only 21 percent of commuters make less than $15,000.
* Los Angeles County is the most popular destination for commuters who leave the two counties. Nearly 20 percent of commuters work in Los Angeles. Orange County is second at nearly 12 percent and San Diego County third at five percent.
* Riverside and San Bernardino counties have a net surplus of labor, with nearly 23 percent more working residents than available jobs.
* Riverside and San Bernardino counties employ virtually the same number of people. San Bernardino County employs just under 400,000 while just over 393,000 work in Riverside County.
To view the report visit: http://beaconecon.com/Misc/RIR_UCRiverside_E1.pdf
The School of Business Administration at UC Riverside has provided students with an outstanding research-based education in the field of business for 40 years. One of only three UC schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, the School of Business Administration is a professional school that offers students a unique opportunity to learn and grow in the living laboratory that is Inland Southern California.
Beacon Economics, LLC is an independent economic research and consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at http://www.beaconecon.com.
If that's so, then it's pretty morbid. But why would they want that? Wouldn't they prefer "higher quality slaves"? I certainly would if I were them. I'd want to bring people up, so I could have higher quality slaves, not lower quality ones.
Otherwise, there may be a higher agenda that we haven't figured out yet.
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