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  • Latino and Asian Populations Rise As Whites Leave California

    California's ethnic mix is shifting, and not only because of the rising numbers of Latinos and Asians. There are actually fewer white people living in the state than there were a decade ago.

    The number of non-Hispanic whites in California has fallen by 850,000 since the turn of the century, from 15.8 million in 2000 to 14.95 million in 2010.

    The Golden State's struggling economy is driving the trend, demographers say. Whites in general are having fewer children than they did a generation ago, in some cases because they feel they can't afford it. The result: White Californians are dying off faster than they are being born.

    The tough economy also has fueled a white exodus. Hundreds of thousands of white people have left the state since the 2000 census. And unlike generations past, fewer whites from other states are moving to California to make their fortunes. The state has experienced a net loss of 700,000 whites to other states – and a net loss of 1.5 million people across all ethnic groups.

    During that same period, the Asian and Latino populations soared in California. Bolstered by immigration and higher birthrates, the number of Latinos jumped by 3 million and the number of Asians rose by 1.1 million. The number of blacks held almost steady.

    Already a majority-minority state, California is expected to have a Latino majority by 2025.

    Outmigration is by far the biggest factor behind California's shrinking white population. Those jumping ship include rich people fleeing the state income tax, baby boomers seeking cheaper places to retire and residents who are poor or lack college degrees seeking jobs and more affordable housing.

    Many headed to neighboring states and the mid-South. Texas – with an 8.1 percent unemployment rate, compared with 12 percent in California – is now a primary destination. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has declared his state "open for business" and is actively recruiting Californians – even those without jobs.

    "I think Texas would be relatively low on most Californians' paradise index," quipped Texas state demographer Lloyd Potter.

    But from a business perspective, he said, Texas seems ideal: "We don't have a state income tax. We provide incentives for businesses to come here. There's not a whole lot of organized labor, and land is reasonably priced compared to California."

    Fleeing for cheaper states

    About 44 percent of the 80,471 Californians who moved to Texas between 2006 and 2008 – when the recession took hold – are white, Potter said. Meanwhile, only 43,405 Texans, half of them white, moved to the California, Potter said.

    Many of the California escapees – 295,000 – left between 2003 and 2005, as housing prices ballooned.

    "During the run-up of housing prices, many cashed out or left because they were priced out of the market," said demographer Hans Johnson of the Public Policy Institute of California.

    Dan Howle, government affairs director for a pharmaceutical company, is among those who uprooted. He said his decision to relocate from Sacramento to Austin, Texas, last December was all about the economics.

    "I still own my house in Arden Arcade, but I haven't been able to sell it," said Howle, adding that the tens of thousands he saves each year in state income tax made the move worth it.

    Howle said he regularly meets other wealthy white Californians who are bailing out.

    "It's not so much how many white people are leaving, it's a lot of them are very high wage earners," said Howle.

    Falling birthrates also have played a role in whites' shrinking numbers. The number of white births declined about 12 percent over the decade. Since 2000, the number of white deaths outstripped births by roughly 100,000.

    In general, Johnson said, white families are getting smaller.

    "White people are having small families or in some cases not having kids at all, not three to four kids like they did during the baby boom years," he said.

    California's economic squeeze left lots of people thinking they couldn't afford another child. And many white women – who outnumber white men in college – are choosing careers over raising children.

    "There's a choice between what you can do with your time and what you can do with your kids," said San Diego State University professor John Weeks.

    The political fallout

    The declining number of white Californians is having an effect on state politics, because people of color – including Latinos and Asian Americans – tend to vote Democratic, said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll.

    Though non-Hispanic whites still make up 64 percent of registered voters, they are pretty evenly split: 40 percent Republican, 37 percent Democrat and 23 percent nonpartisan.

    But Latino Democrats outnumber Latino Republicans 57 percent to 18 percent, while Asian Americans break 45 percent to 25 percent Democrat vs. Republican, DiCamillo said.

    So, for example, while Republican Carly Fiorina had a nine-percentage-point lead over Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer among white voters in November's election, it was not enough to overcome Fiorina's 42 percentage point deficit among ethnic voters, DiCamillo said.

    "The Republican Party can no longer count on non-Hispanic whites to give them the pluralities they need," DiCamillo said. "The GOP really needs to do outreach to ethnic populations and younger voters in a very strategic way."

    While many ethnic voters are conservative on social issues – opposing same-sex marriage, abortion and legalized marijuana – younger ethnic voters "hold views that are more socially tolerant," DiCamillo said. And Latino voters are particularly sensitive to measures designed to curb illegal immigration that could result in racial profiling.

    Overall, California has lost 5 percent of its white population since 2000 when it became a majority-minority state.

    "What this means is not clear cut," said Howard Winant, director of the UC Center for New Racial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    California's changing complexion already has altered the way many in the state see themselves and think about race. A growing number of high school and college students no longer want to identify by race.

    Meanwhile, more Californians – including whites – acknowledge they're mixed.

    "Racial identity is much more flexible now," Winant said. "In many cases appearance is a poor guide to racial identity."

    Without question, some whites have expressed panic and resentment because they feel they're being displaced by people of color, Winant said. But, he said, there's no evidence that whites are being discriminated against as their numbers drop.

    "I'd like to think in the long run there are egalitarian trends at work," he said.

    Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/05/16/362...#ixzz1MZtuiJgU
    Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

  • #2
    Not surprising. Whatever my final retirement date is in 2020, I will not be a resident of CA the following morning. Can't say I will ever miss it and look forward to leaving though I am grateful for the job I have here.

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    • #3
      I'm offended. When talking about Caucasians, the author used lower-case "w" for Whites....while Latino, Hispanic, etc, are all proper nouns and capitalized as such.

      What was the point of the article again? Oh yeah....people are retiring outside of the great Communist Republic of Kalifornia.
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      Originally posted by Smurfette
      Lord have mercy. You're about as slick as the business side of duct tape.
      Originally posted by DAL
      You are without doubt a void surrounded by a sphincter muscle.

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      • #4
        My parents (retired LEO and accountant) are gone, my inlaws are on their way out....heck I have 12-25 years left here depending on how long I can take it....if the economy was better and I didn't fear being laid off out of state I would probably be out of here already, but now I might as well hang out until I can get something from my pension.
        "For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer." Romans 13:4

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FJDave View Post
          I'm offended. When talking about Caucasians, the author used lower-case "w" for Whites....while Latino, Hispanic, etc, are all proper nouns and capitalized as such.

          What was the point of the article again? Oh yeah....people are retiring outside of the great Communist Republic of Kalifornia.
          Hope you're kidding because "white" is a very common slang for Caucasian, especially in law enforcement, they made it almost official. Haha

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          • #6
            This phenomenon is much like what happens in New York City. People go there to work or to collect benefits, and then leave when they retire or when businesses move because of the high costs.
            Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
            Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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            • #7
              I foresee not only a rise in diversity and ethnic cultures, but also better variety of TAKE OUT food.
              Timelines:

              CBPO
              App: 2/12/09
              Geo: Revised; CA Long Beach, San Bernardino, L.A.
              Written: 2/20/09
              NOR: 3/2/09 (81 no vet pref.)
              TO: ? (reached my 37th bday 9/09)

              IEA
              App: 5/5/09
              Geo: San Diego
              Written: 6/5/09 (75.8 no vet pref.)
              NOR: 7/20/09
              Faxed Documents: 7/7/09
              TO: 10/6/09
              Mailed Documents: 10/16/09
              Oral Interview: 12/02/09 Passed

              BPA
              Geo: SW Border-El Centro/San Diego Area
              App: 8/17/10
              Written: 10/6 Passed (73 w/ no vet pref.)
              TO: 11/10/10 (pre emp forms due 11/22)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DCH View Post
                I foresee not only a rise in diversity and ethnic cultures, but also better variety of TAKE OUT food.
                LOL, very true!
                "I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." Winston Churchill

                Liberals are very broadminded: they are always willing to give careful consideration to both sides of the same side.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CAHokie View Post
                  Not surprising. Whatever my final retirement date is in 2020, I will not be a resident of CA the following morning. Can't say I will ever miss it and look forward to leaving though I am grateful for the job I have here.
                  "coming to a neighborhood near you". Was in michigan a few yrs back and the "hispanic" population is growing there- thats just tthe reality of the "new America". I also notice that alot of inter racial marriages and children are being borne- alot of the "white guys" I know and work with have Hispanic/latina wives and girlfriends, more so than marrying the "girl next door"( unless her name is Mariia or Lupe)- expect alot of tomorrow's young white males to be like "Emilio Estevez" ( ho hum) or Charlie Sheen ( OMG- nooo!)
                  "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by IE Copper View Post
                    LOL, very true!
                    mmmmm- fusion KOSHER Italian, mex chinese... ! * Burp*

                    FWIW- the HOTTEST girl I ever dated was Blk ,Irish and Japanese..( WHy I ever let her get away ,i'll never know!)
                    "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DOAcop38 View Post

                      ...( WHy I ever let her get away ,i'll never know!)
                      Probably didn't tie the knots tight enough...
                      Timelines:

                      CBPO
                      App: 2/12/09
                      Geo: Revised; CA Long Beach, San Bernardino, L.A.
                      Written: 2/20/09
                      NOR: 3/2/09 (81 no vet pref.)
                      TO: ? (reached my 37th bday 9/09)

                      IEA
                      App: 5/5/09
                      Geo: San Diego
                      Written: 6/5/09 (75.8 no vet pref.)
                      NOR: 7/20/09
                      Faxed Documents: 7/7/09
                      TO: 10/6/09
                      Mailed Documents: 10/16/09
                      Oral Interview: 12/02/09 Passed

                      BPA
                      Geo: SW Border-El Centro/San Diego Area
                      App: 8/17/10
                      Written: 10/6 Passed (73 w/ no vet pref.)
                      TO: 11/10/10 (pre emp forms due 11/22)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DCH View Post
                        Probably didn't tie the knots tight enough...
                        ...I think I didn't use enough vicodin in her soup !.....
                        "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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                        • #13
                          ^^^^^ Its always a tough balance getting the roofie colada just right.....
                          "For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer." Romans 13:4

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DAL View Post
                            Many of the California escapees – 295,000 – left between 2003 and 2005, as housing prices ballooned.

                            "During the run-up of housing prices, many cashed out or left because they were priced out of the market," said demographer Hans Johnson of the Public Policy Institute of California.
                            My dad and his wife sold their house (a ranch really) and moved to Indiana because they knew they could buy as large a piece of property for what they had and still have profit left over for a better retirement. Their savings (coupled with Social Security) could have allowed them live here, but they wanted their fixed income to go further than it would in CA. Unfortunately for both of them (now deceased), the quality of medical care in rural areas isn't up to what was available near their previous residence in So. CA. Maybe if it had been, they'd still be alive, but good MDs can't get the same type of pay in "the sticks" and new MDs can't earn enough to pay off med-school.

                            Personally, I'm staying for the foreseeable future, thanks to a "maxed out" CalPERS public safety retirement. The earnings I receive will be rolled over into local businesses (as well as local and state taxes), but at least I've earned enough not to be forced to leave. My pension would certainly go further out of state, but for now at least, this place will do.
                            "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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                            • #15
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                              Last edited by marauder85; 09-26-2016, 09:01 AM.

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