March 16, 2011 | Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch | Original Article

Wildomar's Hispanic Population Skyrockets 274 Percent; Lake Elsinore's Hispanic Count Surges Ahead Of Whites

Lake Elsinore's Hispanic population has rushed ahead of whites over the last 10 years, while Wildomar has seen a 274 percent increase in the number of Hispanics who now call the city home.

According to the 2010 census data, Lake Elsinore's total population has reached 51,821. Of this number, those who identify as "White Alone" and "Not Hispanic or Latino" number 19,604 or 37.8 percent.

On the other hand, those who identify as “Hispanic or Latino" (of any race) number 25,073 or 48.4 percent of the total population.

The statistics paint a colorful picture compared to the 2000 census numbers when just 38 percent or 11,007 residents identified as "Hispanic or Latino" (of any race).

The 2010 number of "Hispanic or Latinos" (of any race) living in Lake Elsinore as compared to 2000 represents a 128 percent increase.

Back in 2000, Lake Elsinore's total population was just 28,928, and the white population has not seen a dramatic rise over the last decade.

Ten years ago, those who identified themselves as "White Alone" and "Not Hispanic or Latino" represented 51.4 percent of the population or 14,877 people.

The city's white population has increased just 32 percent over the last 10 years.

As a whole, Lake Elsinore's total population has shot up 79 percent since 2000.



In Wildomar, the numbers paint an even more striking picture despite the smaller population.

In 2000, Wildomar's total population was 14,064 compared to 32,176 in 2010. The difference represents a 129 percent increase.

In 2000, those who identified as "White Alone" and “Not Hispanic or Latino” numbered 10,111 or 71.9 percent of the total population.

In 2010, 17,255 or 53.6 percent of  the total population identified as “White Alone” and "Not Hispanic or Latino."

Over the last 10 years, the white population has seen a 71 percent increase.

Meanwhile, the "Hispanic or Latino" (of any race) population has increased a staggering 274 percent.

In 2000, those who identified as “Hispanic or Latino” (of any race) represented just 21.6 percent of the total population, or 3,035 people.

In 2010, the city's “Hispanic or Latino” (of any race) population numbered 11,363 or 35.3 percent of the total population.