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Hispanics to top Calif. ethnic groups

SACRAMENTO — Hispanics will soon become the dominant ethnic group in the nation’s most populous state, marking a milestone in the country’s shifting composition, according to projections released Thursday by the California Department of Finance.

Demographers predict the number of Hispanics in the state will equal that of whites by mid-year and exceed it next year for the first time. Each group currently represents about 39 percent of the population.

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