The San Diego region is a tapestry of rich racial and ethnic diversity, which has gradually changed its pattern over the last two decades. The proportional drop in white population has been picked up by the combined proportional increase in Hispanic and Asian population. Tracking each color of thread as it weaves through the geographical terrain of the demographic tapestry reveals interesting trends about the nature of assimilation and adjustment in finer detail.
This analysis begins with the 1990 census, when almost two-thirds of the population was white, Hispanics were a fifth of the population, and the number of blacks and Asians were about the same. It ends in 2010, when whites are no longer a majority, Hispanics have grown to a third of the population, and blacks are half as numerous as Asians. Racial information at the census tract levels has been used to capture key indicators of comparative residential diversity and segregation.
Diversity comes in many colors: