Over the course of this decade, the South Bay had one of the biggest population drops among whites in California, according to census data released today. That trend, combined with a continued surge in Asian population, has given Santa Clara County an uncommon racial mix:As required, there are plenty of testimonials to the glories of non-American diversity, with only the odd citizen grouch allowed to observe a growing failure of assimilation.
Whites, Asians and Hispanics are more evenly balanced here than anywhere else in America.
In new data being released today, the Census Bureau said there are now 302 counties - nearly one in 10 - that are "majority minority," where whites are less than half the population.
An analysis of the new federal data by the Mercury News shows that in only 39 of those counties, including Santa Clara, are racial and ethnic groups so closely balanced that no single group makes up 40 percent or more of the total population. Santa Clara was the only U.S. county in 2007 where whites, Asians and Hispanics each made up at least one-quarter of the total population. [...]
A mix like the Bay Area's is rare. Alameda County could argue that its racial mix is even more balanced than Santa Clara's, because it has a more significant black population, although Santa Clara has larger Asian and Hispanic populations. San Francisco has the highest percentage of Asians outside of Hawaii, at 33 percent of its population. [...]
"This is a period where California has been a net exporter of college-educated workers to the rest of the country, and a big importer of college-educated workers from the rest of the world," said Deborah Reed, an economist for the Public Policy Institute of California. "The downturn in the economy probably kick-started the trend in folks leaving." [Data shows nearly even racial mix in Silicon Valley, San Jose Mercury News, August 7, 2008]
In Cupertino, where the Cupertino Union School District has gone from about 42 percent Asian to about 70 percent Asian over the past decade, one longtime white resident, who spoke on condition that his name not be used, said he resents seeing so many business signs in languages he can't read.That grumpy American should think of all the wonderful ethnic restaurants that have been added to replace a lost sense of community.