Majority of Babies Born in California Are Latino
Email this articleDate: 2003-02-08
Contact: Lauren Bartlett
The Latino majority has arrived in California with the majority of babies born in the state being Latino, foreshadowing the state's future students, workers and voters, according to a UCLA study.
The era of the Latino majority among babies in California began in the summer of 2001, more than half, 50.2 percent, of all babies born in the third quarter of 2001 were Latino, and 50.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2001 were Latino, according to a study by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture.
"The majority of children born in California are now Latino. As a result, the health, well-being and education of Latino children now concern the majority of all children, not a small minority," said David Hayes-Bautista, director of the center. Latino issues are now the state's mainstream, majority issues."
The Latino majority will ripple throughout California's society, institutions, economy and politics throughout the 21st century. In fall 2006, the majority of children entering the state's kindergartens will be Latino, and in fall 2014, the majority of children entering high schools will be Latino. The majority of new workers entering the state's labor force in fall 2017 will be Latino, and the majority of young adults eligible to vote in fall 2019 will be Latino.
"The long-anticipated Latino majority has arrived," he said. "In 2003, it is learning how to walk, and will shortly learn to talk. For the next 40 years, each new phase of human development, child, adolescence, young adult and middle age, will be experienced in this state by a Latino majority."........