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

Including Census Estimates for 2018*

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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, 1850-1980 Census
and Los Angeles County General Population, 1850-2010 Census
and Projected Population by Race/Ethnicity Through 2060 for Los Angeles County


Population 2018 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Total Population (All Races) 10,098,052 100.00% 9,818,605 100.00% 9,519,338 100.00% 8,863,164 100.00%
One Race Alone (1) 9,700,372 96.06% 9,379,892 95.53% 9,049,557 95.06% --- (1) --- (1)
American Indian & Alaskan Native (1) 70,527 0.70% 72,828 0.74% 76,988 0.81% 45,508 0.51%
Asian (1) 1,469,968 14.56% 1,346,865 13.72% 1,137,500 11.95% 925,561 10.44%
Black or African American (1) 823,987 8.16% 856,874 8.73% 930,957 9.78% 992,974 11.20%
Population 2018 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander (1) 27,929 0.28% 26,094 0.27% 27,053 0.28% 28,924 0.33%
White (1) 5,186,859 51.36% 4,936,599 50.28% 4,637,062 48.71% 5,035103 56.81%
Some Other Race (1) 2,121,102 21.01% 2,140,632 21.80% 2,239,997 23.53% 1,835,094 20.70%
Two or More Races (3) 397,680 3.94% 438,713 4.47% 469,781 4.94% --- (3) --- (3)
Population 2018 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Total Not Hispanic or Latino (All Races) 5,204,449 51.54% 5,130,716 52.26% 5,277,125 55.44% 5,511,922 62.19%
One Race Alone, not Hispanic or Latino 4,981,169 49.33% 4,935,795 50.27% 5,277,125 55.44% --- (1) --- (1)
American Indian & Alaskan Native, not Hispanic or Latino 20,307 0.20% 18,886 0.19% 25,609 0.27% 29,159 0.33%
Asian, Not Hispanic or Latino (2) 1,451,560 14.37% 1,325,671 13.50% 1,124,569 11.81% --- (2) --- (2)
Black or African American, not Hispanic or Latino 795,505 7.88% 815,086 8.30% 901,472 9.47% 934,776 10.55%
Population 2018 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander, not Hispanic or Latino 24,821 0.25% 22,464 0.23% 23,265 0.24% --- (2) --- (2)
White, not Hispanic or Latino 2,659,052 26.33% 2,728,321 27.79% 2,959,614 31.09% 3,618,850 40.83%
Some Other Race, not Hispanic or Latino 29,924 0.30% 25,367 0.26% 19,935 0.21% 21,327 0.24%
Two or More Races, not Hispanic or Latino 223,280 2.21% 194,921 1.99% 222,661 2.34% --- (3) --- (3)
Population 2018 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Hispanic or Latino (All Races) 4,893,603 48.43% 4,687,889 47.74% 4,242,213 44.56% 3,351,242 37.81%
One Race Alone, Hispanic or Latino 4,719,203 46.73% 4,444,097 45.26% 3,995,093 41.97% --- (1) --- (1)
American Indian & Alaskan Native, Hispanic or Latino 50,220 0.50% 53,942 0.55% 51,379 0.54% 16,349 0.18%
Asian, Hispanic or Latino (2) 18,408 0.18% 21,194 0.22% 12,931 0.14% --- (2) --- (2)
Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino 28,482 0.28% 41,788 0.43% 29,485 0.31% 58,198 0.66%
Population 2018 Census Estimate* 2010 Census 2000 Census 1990 Census
Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent Population Percent
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino 3,108 0.03% 3,630 0.04% 3,788 0.04% --- (2) --- (2)
White, Hispanic or Latino 2,527,807 25.03% 2,208,278 22.49% 1,677,448 17.62% 1,416,253 15.98%
Some Other Race, Hispanic or Latino 2,091,178 20.71% 2,115,265 21.54% 2,220,062 23.32% 1,813,767 20.46%
Two or More Races, Hispanic or Latino 174,400 1.73% 243,792 2.48% 247,120 2.60% --- (3) --- (3)

* U.S. Census estimates based on American Community Survey data collected from 2014 through 2018. 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