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12% Drop in White Population in San Bruno

Newly released figures from the 2010 Census show that the number of white residents in the city declined while the city's ethnic population grew.

Figures released from the 2010 Census Tuesday showed that San Bruno's population grew 2.4 percent over the decade from 2000 to 2010.

Overall, the city's population is 41,114, a modest increase of 945 residents compared with 2000.

One of the most racially diverse cities on the Peninsula, the city also saw increases in its ethnic groups. Since 2000, the city has seen more Asian, Latino and black residents move in.

The Asian population now makes up more of the city's population, with 10,423 residents, or 25.4 percent of the people.

Latinos are still the largest ethnic group in the city, with 12,016 residents, making up 29.2 percent of the population.

The number of black residents even grew slightly, to 942 residents from 807 residents in 2000.

On the contrary, the number of white residents declined by 12 percent over the decade, from 23,156 residents to 20,350 residents, although white residents—nearly 50 percent of the people—still constitute the majority of the city's population.

The increases in ethnic groups in San Bruno, especially with Asians and Latinos, is comparable to nearby cities along the Peninsula. In , the number of white residents declined 7 percent while the Asian and Latino populations grew by 8 percent and 12 percent respectively. The number of blacks also slightly declined.

In , the number of whites also declined while the percentage of Asians and Latinos jumped.

Asians now make up the majority of , growing by 38 percent over the decade.

According to the Census figures, San Bruno also continues to have a large number of adults 18 and older, who now comprise 79 percent of the population, or 32,482 people.

That helps explain the at San Bruno Park schools, which Superintendent Dr. David Hutt mostly attributed to the declining birthrate in San Mateo County, which has dropped by 4.3 percent since 2004.

In California, the state’s population rose 10 percent from 2000 to 2010.

The Golden State grew from 33.8 million residents to 37.2 million residents during that decade, the census reported.

Most of that growth appears to have come in the counties that span the middle of the state.

East Bay Associate Regional Editor David Mills contributed to this story.

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