LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A USC study released Thursday has found that more Southern California cities are on average more racially balanced than they were 20 years ago.

A combination of dwindling numbers of whites and blacks in the five-county region, plus a steady influx of Hispanics and Asian and Pacific Islanders has led to more cities becoming multiracial, especially in Orange and Riverside counties.

The total percentage of multiracial cities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties grew to 61.5 percent in 2010, up from 51.2 percent in 1990.

The report, “Racially Balanced Cities in Southern California, 1999 to 2010,” was compiled by USC’s PopDynamics Research Group in the Sol Price School of Public Policy.

“Los Angeles is leading the nation once again in this multiracial experience,” said Dowell Myers, a USC professor of urban planning and demography and the study’s lead author. “Right now, we’re at a sweet spot for racial balance in Southern California. Decline in the white population and growth among Latinos or Asians only increases racial balance up to a point. Some cities have already started to lose their balance.”

Five cities in Los Angeles County — Azusa, Cerritos, Downey, Lawndale and Walnut — lost racial balance due to rising Latino and Asian populations.

Riverside County overtook San Bernardino County as having the highest percentage of multi-racial cities. Twenty-one of the 26 cities in Riverside County were defined as multiracial in 2010, according to the study.

For the first time in recent decades, San Bernardino County had three cities with significant populations of four racial groups represented — Highland, Loma Linda and Rancho Cucamonga.

At 53.4 percent, Los Angeles County had the lowest percentage of cities with a multiracial makeup. However, 10 of the 13 cities across the region deemed the most racially balanced were in L.A. County.

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Comments (7)
  1. Bob Henning says:

    Now we should ask the do Nothing researchers to find out the overall impact of the wonderfull multicultural experience. I would like to hear someone finally admit that the huge influx of Asians, Mexicans and other South American Countries, Muslims ,abd Pacific IslandersAKA Island Nig—S has really had on California. I would love for someone to finally tell the truth and admit is`s been a FREEKKIINNNN DISASTER.

    1. EastWest says:

      Johnna,I think he was referring to Jackson’s fhtalime a couple years ago there was nothing raunchy or offensive about Prince’s performance; in fact, it’s the best fhtalime I’ve seen in a while (did you see how he incorporated a marching band, for goodness sake?). Prince could have been a dangerous choice ten or fifteen years ago, but he was great.The game was horrible, but all sorts of fun, with all of the turnovers and such.

  2. The Big Logic says:

    When are they going to officialy change the designation from cities, to cesspools?

  3. MexAfroAsiaMuslimAmerican says:

    This article just brings out all the racist people, from people to researchers. Bob Henning & The Big Peen Logic dude are really brave behind their keyboards but I’m sure their nothing but a bunch of w u s s i e s that have nothing else to do. Get a job A Holes!

  4. Doug says:

    I just love my white gentile culture.

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