Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
It’s a fact. Latinos —or Hispanics, as some prefer to be called— are Stockton’s ethnic majority.
According to statistics released by the US Census Bureau on Monday, March 7, 2011, there are 291,707 people living within the city boundaries, 108,044 of them —or 37%— claiming to be European White, and 117,590 —or 40.3%— who considered themselves outright Latinos.
But before you start counting dark-skinned faces at the local supermarket remember that Latino IS NOT a race, but an ethnicity, meaning that a Latino can be White, Native, Black or, most likely, mixed-race.
The third Stockton group is Asians, with 62,716 individuals —21.5%— and African Americans with 35,548 residents, or 12.2 percent of the city’s population.
Although Lodi, Tracy and Manteca are still populated by a white majority, it is less so than in the year 2000. Overall, there are 685,306 persons living in San Joaquin County, 349,287 or 50.7%— calling themselves European white; and 266,341, or 38.9 percent Latino.
South of the Stanislaus River, both Modesto and Stanislaus County show an increase in its Latino population, but European white are still the majority. In Modesto only 71,381 (35.5%) of the residents claim to be Hispanic, compared to 130,833 (or 65%) whites.
California’s Latino population grew to 14 million —37.7%— but still far from European whites, who represent 57.6 percent (21.5 million) in a total of 37.2 million residents.
Population-wise, the largest county is Los Angeles, with 9,818,605 inhabitants. Its population grew by 3.1 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include San Diego, with a population of 3,095,313 (increase of 10.0 percent); Orange, 3,010,232 (increase of 5.8 percent); Riverside, 2,189,641 (increase of 41.7 percent); and San Bernardino, 2,035,210 (increase of 19.1 percent).