Economy: Latino population shifts
Fourteen cities in Riverside and San Bernardino counties — including Riverside — have made the Pew Research Center list as cities where Latinos are the majority population, Inland economist John Husing said Thursday.
That demographic has put the region — made up of 4.2 million people — in the No. 4 spot in the nation of metropolitan areas with the largest Hispanic population. The Latino population in the two-county area is more than 2 million, or 47.9 percent.
The Anglo population now stands at 38.9 percent, Husing said at a Latino Leadership and Policy Institute workshop in San Bernardino. That is down from 51 percent in 2000, he said.
What does this population swing in the 27,000-square-mile region that is expected to grow to 5.8 million people by 2035 mean for the region?
“If you’re in business or in education, get ready for it,” said Paul Granillo, chief executive of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. “We’re starting the conversation to help people in business and in the nonprofit world understand the economy of Riverside and San Bernardino counties has a significant Latino demographic.”
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