Demographic projections are no surprise
Thursday’s demographics report projecting Hispanics will be in the majority in California by next year should not have come as a surprise.
Hispanics have been growing in numbers for the past several decades, while the numbers of other ethic groups have either remained fairly constant or even dropped slightly. Hispanics have been the majority in Tulare County for quite some time.
Yes, California continues to change, but so are most other states.
The state Department of Finance projected that Hispanics will not only surpass whites next year as the majority in the state, but the number of Hispanics will continue to accelerate over the next 50 years to where Hispanics will make up 47 percent of the state’s 52 million residents by 2060. In Tulare County, the Department of Finance projects the population will reach 836,850 by 2060 and that Hispanics will make up more than 60 percent of the population in the county.
The numbers should tell everyone that now is the time to be prepared and that is why programs such as Porterville Unified High School District and Burton School District’s dual immersion programs are so important. It is the young people today — both Hispanics and non-Hispanics — who will have to function in the ever changing demographic landscape.
The projections also see a state population of more than 52 million people — 14 million more than live in the state today.
Those 14 million more residents will need water to drink, roads on which to get around and jobs. The state needs to begin preparing today with improved water storage and delivery systems, better freeways and an economic climate conducive to job creation.
Improvements also need to be made to health care, education and our legal system.
Now is the time to prepare for the year 2060.