New census data shows San Diego has become more diverse
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New census data released Thursday shows that the United States, California and San Diego County have become less white and more diverse over the past decade.
The data also shows that San Diego remains the eighth most populous city in the country and San Diego County is the fifth largest county, reports the Times of San Diego. The county’s total population grew by 6.6%, from 3 million in 2010 to nearly 3.3 million in 2020.
You can explore all the data here, but there are some things from NPR’s census guru, Hansi Lo Wang, that you should keep in mind, especially about what census data can’t tell us.
For example, many households did not answer questions about race and Hispanic or Latino origin. Data on Latinos can be skewed – because of the way the census formulates its questions. People of Middle Eastern and North African descent will also be hidden in the data because there is no category for them – an issue that San Diego’s large refugee population has raised alarm bells over. .
Now that you’ve taken all that into consideration, here’s what the new census data tells us about race and ethnicity in San Diego County. People who identify as solely white made up 49.5% of the county’s total population in 2020. This is down from 64% in the 2010 census. The populations of Asians and Latinos have increased significantly. The number of people identifying as Asian increased by 74,661, an increase of 22.2%. The number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino rose by 128,281, a 12.9% increase from 2010. Those who identified as Black or African American fell by 2,400 from 2010, a decrease of 1.5%, and those who identified as Native American or Alaska Native. increased by 14,628, an increase of 55.5%. Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations have declined slightly by 51 since 2010. Those who scored two or more races increased by 229.3%, from 158,425 in 2010 to 521,692 in 2020. The Union-Tribune also made its own breakdown of the data.
But again, take this data with an understanding of census limitations. We can expect both census overcoverage and undercoverage rates in 2022.
The data is not yet fully ready for cropping. It must be reformatted and California will reassign individuals in its state prisons to their last known address in the data.