census The City of Downey’s population increased only slightly to 111,772 people during the last 10 years but the number of its Latino/Hispanic residents (78,996) has dramatically increased—from 32.3 percent in 1990 to 70.7 percent in 2010.

In comparison, the number of White residents in Downey continues to decline and now represents 17.7 percent of the overall population, a loss of nearly 11,000 residents since 2000.

The changes were identified during the 2010 Census and released this month. The data also shows that 6.7 percent of the city is Asian, 3.4 percent Black or African-American, 0.2 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2 percent Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.2 percent classified themselves as “Other,” and 1 percent said they identified with two or more races.

Although the Census depicted modest city growth since 2000, the figures did not match city estimates, which anticipated Downey’s population to exceed 115,000 people by 2010.

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