County’s population to swell 50 percent over four decades

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County will remain among the top 10 fastest-growing counties in California over the next four decades, swelling in population by more than 50 percent, according to projections by the California Department of Finance.

The agency released figures last week from a demographic study showing that Riverside County’s populace will go from its current 2.3 million to 3.6 million by 2060.

Data also indicated that the county will be the fastest-growing jurisdiction in Southern California between 2017 and 2036, after which San Bernardino County will join the list. The county will be among the top 10 fastest-growing counties statewide to 2060.

Riverside County is currently ranked No. 4 in California for population size and will remain in that slot over the next four decades, according to the report.

Los Angeles County will remain at No. 1, followed by San Diego County at No. 2 and Orange County at No. 3, with San Bernardino County rounding out the top five, just behind Riverside, the figures showed.

California’s total population is projected to go from its current 39.35 million to 51 million by 2060. Data indicated that Hispanics will remain the largest ethnic group, going from 39 percent of the statewide population now to about 46 percent by 2060.

Generation X – those born between 1965 and 1980 – will rival the baby-boom generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 – in numbers by 2019.

The statewide median age is currently 36 years old. However, by 2036, the median will be 41, and by 2060, 45, according to the report.

Officials noted that the death rate will overtake the birth rate in California by 2051, but migration will keep the population growth rate positive going forward.

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