The California Latino Demographic Databook

Overview: In the last quarter of a century, California's Latino population has grown markedly, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of the total population. In 1970, California's 2.4 million Latinos represented less than one-eighth of the state's total population. The 7.5 million Latinos counted in the 1990 census represented a quarter of California's residents.

By 2005, more than a third of all Californians are projected to be Latino. The portrait of California Latinos in the California Latino Demographic Databook addresses the characteristics of this growing population, detailing characteristics for Latinos by national origin, nativity, citizenship, and period of entry for the foreign-born, and providing comparative figures for non-Hispanic whites, blacks, and Asians.

Research and analysis were conducted at UC DATA. Funding for this project was provided by UC MEXUS and the California Policy Seminar [now the California Policy Research Center], which also published the book . An overview and highlights of the Latino Databook, as well as information about ordering, may be found in the CPS Brief. Selected tables and figures are shown below, organized by chapter.



Chapter 2 provides an introduction to the broadest features of California's Latino population-- its size and its growth rates both past and projected-- with a particular emphasis on geographic distribution, temporal trends, and immigration history.

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Chapter 3 turns to issues of population and household composition-age structure, sex ratios, household and family size, living arrangements, fertility, and marital status.
 

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In Chapter 4 we shift from the more demographic focus of the previous chapter and build a fuller description of Latino populations in terms of their "human capital." The specific focus of this chapter is the linguistic and educational characteristics of Latinos.

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Human capital issues lay the basis for Chapter 5, which deals with labor force characteristics: labor force participation, unemployment, occupation, industry, self-employment, and business ownership.

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In Chapter 6 we turn to issues of economic well-being, providing measures of median and per capita income, income distribution, and sources of income, as well as poverty levels and use of government social services.

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In Chapter 7 we turn to issues of political participation, examining current and historical registration and turnout and the impact of age structure and citizenship.

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This Databook is available for purchase from the California Policy Research Center. Ordering information is available on the CPRC website, or by contacting:

The California Policy Research Center
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Berkeley, CA 94704-1182
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