Friday, March 28, 2014

California's Melting Pot

California is a special state in many ways demographically.  Foremost, more Americans live in California than any other state.  Californians make up 12% of the entire US population.  That means that more than 1 in 8 Americans live in the Golden State.

In terms of race and ethnicity, California also is impressive:

  •  1 in 3 Asian Americans are Californians
  • Almost 1 in 4 Hispanic Americans live in California
  • More Hawaiian Americans and other Pacific Islanders live in California (144K) than in Hawaii (135K)
  • 1 in 5 multi-racial Americans live in California
  • About 12% of all Native Americans and Alaska Natives also call California home
As for Whites and Blacks, Californians represent smaller percentages of these groups.  The Golden State accounts for only 6% of the total US Black population.  One in 10 White Americans are Californians.  

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