For the first time since California became a state, Latinos will become a plurality in 2014 and they are set to become a crucial part of the workforce as baby boomers retire, according to the Department of Finance.
The figures released Thursday found Latinos will be even with the white population by mid-2013. Each is expected to be about 39% of the population, with Latinos gaining more numbers by the end of the year.
As the white baby boomer population ages into retirement, Latinos and Asians will maintain the labor force and economy in California, according to the study.
The study looked at expected population shifts through 2060 for California. It found that by 2060, the state’s population will grow to nearly 52.7 million, about 40% higher than the most recent 2012 estimate.
While the white and black populations will increase by 2060, their numbers will have decreased in proportion to the total population. By then, Latinos will make up 48% of all Californians.
The Asian population will be at just over 13% in 2060. It currently is just under 13%.
The white population will drop to 30% from the current 39% and the black population from 6% to 4% by 2060.
Women will continue to slightly outnumber men due to longer life expectancies, according to the study.
By Adolfo Flores
This story originally appeared on LATimes.com.