Census: Bakersfield's population up 40 pct. in 10 years

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This file photo shows someone filling out a 2010 U.S. Census form.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New census data shows Latinos and Asians accounted for virtually all of California's population growth over the last decade.

Data from the 2010 U.S. Census released Tuesday shows Latinos grew by 28 percent and Asians grew by 31 percent.

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Non-Hispanic whites saw their numbers decrease between 2000 and 2010 by 5 percent, and the state's African-American population dipped by 1 percent.

Demographers say Latinos are growing faster than other groups because most Latinos are of child-bearing age while the rest of the population tends to be older.

California's population grew 10 percent over the decade to 37.3 million. But growth lagged behind other western states and California failed to pick up additional congressional seats for the first time after a census.

Kern County's population grew nearly 27 percent, from 661,645 a decade ago to 839,631 in last year's census. That was second only to Riverside for rate of growth among California's 20 most populous counties.

Bakersfield jumped from California's 12th largest city in 2000 to its ninth largest last year, passing Anaheim, Santa Ana and Riverside in the rankings. Bakersfield's population grew 40 percent to 347,483 in 2010 from 247,057 in 2000.

Fresno, now with 494,665 people, passed Sacramento for No. 5 on the list of California's largest cities. The top four — Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco — remained unaltered in their order.