Magazine article USA TODAY

Los Angeles: No Longer a City of Newcomers

Magazine article USA TODAY

Los Angeles: No Longer a City of Newcomers

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Los Angeles once was a city of newcomers. Not anymore, according to demographic projections released by the University of Southern California's Population Dynamics Research Group, which shows that, by the end of this year, a majority of Los Angeles County residents will be California natives--for the first time in recorded history.

By 2030, nearly two-thirds of young adults---the new workers, taxpayers, and homebuyers--will have been born and raised in the state, what researchers say amounts to a "homegrown revolution."

"It's an extraordinary moment in Los Angeles history--everything we know about L.A. will change," notes report coauthor Dowell Myers, professor of policy, planning and demography. "With slower growth and change, we may find it easier, certainly less frantic, to keep up with public needs for new services and private demands for new development."

Previous trends that have defined Los Angeles--including a sharp rise in immigration and rapid ethnic change--have slowed, beginning in 1990 and mere dramatically in the last decade. …

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