California's population will grow to nearly 52.7 million by 2060, bringing significant changes in its racial and ethnic makeup, with Hispanics leading the way.
Here are some highlights from a state Department of Finance report released Thursday. The report is available at www.dof.ca.gov/research/demographic/reports/projections/view.php.
Early in 2014, the Hispanic population will become the plurality in California for the first time since it became a state.
By 2060, Hispanics will comprise nearly half of all Californians.
The non-Hispanic white population will decline to 30 percent from the current 39 percent and the black population will decline from 6 percent to 4 percent.
Asians will also grow significantly in numbers but only marginally relative to the total population -- slightly more than 13 percent. They are just under 13 percent now.
By 2060, Hispanics will be the largest group in the working ages: 12.1 million Hispanics to 7.4 million whites and 3.2 million Asians.
By 2060, the state will have 5.1 million Hispanics older than 65, compared with 4.1 million whites and 2.1 million Asians.
The percentage of women in the state will continue to slightly outnumber the percentage of men as a result of longer female life expectancies.
The San Francisco Bay Area will grow significantly, adding 1.8 million new residents, led by Contra Costa County, which will gain about 533,000, and Santa Clara County, adding 412,000.
Santa Clara County will continue to be the Bay Area's most populated county, with 2.2 million residents.
The San Joaquin Valley will double in population, growing from 3.1 million to 6.2 million.
San Francisco will grow slowly to slightly more than 926,000 by 2060.
Southern California will lead the state's growth, increasing from 8.3 million to 31 million in population.