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Forecast Predicts 4.5 Million People in County at Mid-Century

San Diego County is expected to see a growth of approximately 1.7 million people by the year 2050, boosting the county’s total population from 2.8 million to 4.5 million. Recent data compiled by state demographers indicates that the 2050 estimate is a 59 percent increase from 2000 county population figures.

The latest California Department of Finance growth forecast shows that San Diego County’s population will drop below Riverside County’s in 2050. Riverside County’s projected population boom of approximately 203 percent will give it a population of 4.7 million by 2050.

The report, released July 9, reveals that the department’s previous growth forecast from 2004 understated the projected 2050 population of California by about 4.8 million. The latest forecast predicts that California’s population could near 60 million by mid-century.

While Latinos are predicted to become the majority race in the state by 2050, San Diego will not experience the same change. However, the percentage of Latinos in the county will grow from 27 percent in 2000 to 38 percent in 2050. According to the survey, whites will lose majority status in the county by 2025. Whites lost their majority status in the state in 1998.

, Sam Blanchard

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