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Racial/Ethnic Composition
Los Angeles County, 1990-2010 Census

Including Census Estimates for 2017*

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Also see: Racial/Ethnic Composition by City in Los Angeles County, 2010 Census
and Historical Racial/Ethnic Numbers, Los Angeles County, 1850-1960 Census
and Los Angeles County General Population, 1850-2010 Census


Population 2017 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Total Population (All Races) 10,105,722 100.00% 9,818,605 100.00% 9,519,338 100.00% 8,863,164 100.00%
One Race Alone (1) 9,719,310 96.18% 9,379,892 95.53% 9,049,557 95.06% --- (1) --- (1)
One Race Alone, not Hispanic or Latino 5,212,143 51.58% 4,935,795 50.27% 5,277,125 55.44% --- (1) --- (1)
White (1) 5,232,835 51.78% 4,936,599 50.28% 4,637,062 48.71% 5,035103 56.81%
White, not Hispanic or Latino 2,676,982 26.49% 2,728,321 27.79% 2,959,614 31.09% 3,618,850 40.83%
Population 2017 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Black or African American (1) 828,981 8.20% 856,874 8.73% 930,957 9.78% 992,974 11.20%
Black or African American, not Hispanic or Latino 799,579 7.91% 815,086 8.30% 901,472 9.47% 934,776 10.55%
Asian (1) 1,460,508 14.45% 1,346,865 13.72% 1,137,500 11.95% 925,561 10.44%
Asian, Not Hispanic or Latino (2) 1,442,577 14.27% 1,325,671 13.50% 1,124,569 11.81% --- (2) --- (2)
American Indian & Alaskan Native (1) 68,211 0.67% 72,828 0.74% 76,988 0.81% 45,508 0.51%
American Indian & Alaskan Native, not Hispanic or Latino 19,915 0.20% 18,886 0.19% 25,609 0.27% 29,159 0.33%
Population 2017 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander (1) 27,691 0.27% 26,094 0.27% 27,053 0.28% 28,924 0.33%
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander, not Hispanic or Latino 24,950 0.25% 22,464 0.23% 23,265 0.24% --- (2) --- (2)
Some Other Race (1) 2,101,084 20.79% 2,140,632 21.80% 2,239,997 23.53% 1,835,094 20.70%
Some Other Race, not Hispanic or Latino 28,960 0.29% 25,367 0.26% 19,935 0.21% 21,327 0.24%
Two or More Races (3) 386,412 3.82% 438,713 4.47% 469,781 4.94% --- (3) --- (3)
Two or More Races, not Hispanic or Latino 219,180 2.17% 194,921 1.99% 222,661 2.34% --- (3) --- (3)
Population 2017 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Hispanic or Latino 4,893,579 48.42% 4,687,889 47.74% 4,242,213 44.56% 3,351,242 37.81%
Total Not Hispanic or Latino 5,212,143 51.58% 5,130,716 52.26% 5,277,125 55.44% 5,511,922 62.19%

* U.S. Census estimates based on American Community Survey data collected from 2013 through 2017. These estimates are issued annually between the full Census count conducted each decade.
1 Since the 2000 Census, this category refers only to persons declaring one race and includes Hispanic or Latino. The 1990 Census offered no option to identify with more than one race.
2 Asian & Pacific Islander not Hispanic or Latino - The 1990 Census did not break down this category between Asian and Pacific Islander. Instead, a total 907,810 persons were reported to be Asian or Pacific Islander, not of Hispanic Origin.
3 Two or More Races - This category, first offered since the 2000 Census, allowed the option to identify with more than one race. It was not an option in the 1990 Census.

Notes: "Population of one race" refers to those who identified themselves to the Census as of one race only. "Population of two of more races" refers to those who identified themselves as of at least two races. "Total Population" is the combination of both. "Hispanic of Latino" is not considered a "race" by the Census. Rather, it is a cultural/ethnic classification that overlaps with race. Persons who identify themselves as "Hispanic or Latino" must also identify themselves with a race or combination of races. In fact, a large number of these persons identify themselves with the racial classification "white." We have added a column under "Population of one race" titled "White (Not Hispanic or Latino)."

Source: U.S. Census Bureau