A new Census brief published yesterday shows that the city of San Diego ranks ninth in the nation in being home to latinos or Hispanics in 2010. The ranking remains unchanged since 2000 Census, even as Hispanic population grew nationally by 43 percent during the 2000-2010 decade. The rate of growth of Hispanics in the city of San Diego (21 percent) was half that of the national rate, but three times faster than total city population. Over three-quarters of the population growth in the city constituted of population of Hispanic or latino origin.
Of the 1.3 million population in the city of San Diego, 28.7 percent are latino or Hispanic. However, the proportion of Hispanics and the rate of growth of Hispanics in the city of San Diego lags behind California population statewide, which has 37.6 percent Hispanics who grew between 2000-2010 by 27.8 percent.
Murtaza Baxamusa is the Director of Planning and Development for the San Diego Building Trades Family Housing Corporation. He lives in Bird Rock.