Washington, Feb. 1 (ANI): Hispanics will soon become the dominant ethnic group in the nation's most populous state of California, according to projections released by the state's Department of Finance.
Demographers predict the number of Hispanics in the state will equal that of whites by mid-year and exceed it in early 2014 for the first time.
According to CBS News, each group currently represents about 39 percent of the population. The move will be marking a milestone in the country's shifting racial and ethnic composition
The shift is expected to affect politics and public policy in California and perhaps beyond, given the state's history of trend-setting legislation and cultural contributions.
Whites currently lack a majority in only two other states - Hawaii and New Mexico.
Demographers said that Hispanics' share of the overall California population will continue to increase to about 41 percent by 2020, when whites will make up less than 37 percent.
By 2060, Hispanics could account for 48 percent of the state's population, with whites falling below 30 percent.
According to the report, Blacks are expected to slip from nearly 6 percent in 2010 to just more than 4 percent by 2060, while the Asian population, now just below 13 percent, could grow slightly as a percentage of the overall population.
The report said that 'due to California's diversity and because of its role as the primary gateway state for immigration, California will not age as rapidly in the coming 20 years as many other states'.
The percentage of women in the state will continue to slightly outnumber the percentage of men, due to longer female life expectancies, the report added.
Riverside County is expected to add about two million people by 2060, more than any other county, becoming the second most populous county in the state with 4.2 million people, slightly ahead of San Diego County, the report said.
Los Angeles County is expected to have 11.6 million people by 2060.
The report relied on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, California Department of Public Health vital statistics and surveys of county planning experts and regional government councils, the report added. (ANI)