LATINO NUMBERS BOOM VENTURA COUNTY SEES SURGE OF 40 PERCENT.
Byline: Joseph Giordono Staff Writer
VENTURA - The county's Latino population grew by 40 percent from 1990 to 1999, while the number of white residents dipped, according to according to
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Overall, the county's population grew by 11 percent over the nine-year period, from 670,132 to 745,063, on par with planners' estimates of county growth.
``In terms of total numbers, these figures are in line with the population growth that we have projected,'' said Steve Wood Steve Wood can refer to:
``The total population growth is almost exactly in line with what we projected, and the growth of the Latino population is slightly higher than we anticipated.''
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(2) A saved copy of a file before it is updated. of the county as of July 1999, officials said.
The rise in Latino residents - from 178,266 in 1990 to 248,754 - does not surprise county planning officials and underscores the election year importance of reaching out to minority voters, political leaders said Tuesday.
Population figures for African-Americans, American Indians American Indians: see Americas, antiquity and prehistory of the; Natives, Middle American; Natives, North American; Natives, South American. , Asian and Pacific Islanders Pacific Islander
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2. A person of Polynesian, Micronesian, or Melanesian descent. See Usage Note at Asian. all increased, while the population of whites decreased.
``These figures indicate that the complexion complexion /com·plex·ion/ (kom-plek´shun) the color and appearance of the skin of the face.
The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face. of the county is changing, and it is something that the county and the political parties need to be aware of,'' said Hank hank
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``Latinos were an invisible population in the county population until the census figures, and now they cannot be ignored.''
Lacayo said that with the shift in demographics The attributes of people in a particular geographic area. Used for marketing purposes, population, ethnic origins, religion, spoken language, income and age range are examples of demographic data. , more concern should be paid to such issues as affordable housing and education.
``These growth figures are in line with what we have been expecting and anticipating,'' said Bob Larkin of the Republican Central Committee.
``What this means for the GOP is that we need to do a better job of recruiting minorities into the party, and I think that you have already seen that in this election cycle.''
In addition to growth in minority populations, the census figures show that the white population in Ventura County declined from 440,574 to 429,685.
Wood, of county planning, said he was at a loss to explain the decrease but doubted that it was an indication of white flight.
According to census officials, almost 40 percent of the minority populations in California are foreign-born. As out-migration of whites occurs, those families are replaced by minorities.
``I'm not sure if that's what that signifies, whether it is out-migration or if white people in Ventura County are just not reproducing,'' he said.
Ventura County population, as of July 1999, by race:
African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race.
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau
Box: Census Statistics (see text)