The Pew Research Center, using data from the Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey, reports today that Hispanics now account for 37 percent of Ventura County's population, up from 33 percent in 2000. With 296,745 Hispanics, the county has the 28th largest population of Hispanics among the nation's 3,141 counties. In 2000, it ranked 26th.
Statewide, the data show that 37 percent of Californians are Hispanic. Of California's 13.4 million Hispanics, 61 percent are native born and 84 percent are of Mexican origin.
The percentage is certain to increase as time goes on: The data show that the median age of Hispanics in California is 27. Among non-Hispanic whites, the median age is 43.