Census: California Power Shifting Inland to Hispanics Minorities fuel most of state's growth By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Mar 9, 2011 2:43 PM CST 21 comments Comments A 2006 file photo of immigration rights supporters in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) (Newser) – California's census numbers confirm the rise of the state's Hispanics: Latinos now make up 37.6% of the population (or 14 million), just a shade below the 40.1% of whites (15 million). And the trend is clear—that's a 28% increase for Hispanics over the last decade and a bigger-than-expected 5.4% drop for whites, reports the Los Angeles Times. Asians are at 12.8% and blacks 5.8%. Other highlights: The population continues to shift inland from coastal cities such as LA and San Francisco. Riverside County and San Bernardino are booming, mostly because of minorities. The state's overall population grew 10% to 37.3 million, the slowest rise in its history, notes the New York Times. For the first time, California won't gain a congressional seat after a census. "In both San Francisco and Los Angeles, the post-redistricting political landscape is going to look like a game of musical chairs—with switchblades," says a USC professor. "The California state Legislature and the congressional delegation are about to look a lot more like California."