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Pacific Southwest Research Station
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Research Topics

Recreation: Changing Research Patterns

Southern California Socioeconomic Assessment: Sociodemographic Conditions, Projections, and Quality of Life Indices

A recently completed assessment of socidemographic and quality of life indicators in a 26-county region surrounding the four southern California National Forests highlighted the following:

  • An increasing population size, particularly located in urban centers and along the wildland-urban interface.
  • An increasingly ethnically and racially diverse population (accounted for primarily by greater proportions of Latinos and Asians).
  • Age structures that vary by ethnicity, race, gender, and geographic locations. While the Latino population remains relatively young, median ages of the White, Native American, and Black populations will continue to increase.

These changes, along with additional trends revealed in the assessment, provide important insight into the future of this region, and its implications for natural resource management and planning.

For additional information about this study please contact Patricia Winter.

Publications and Products related to this subject:

Struglia, R.; Winter, P.L.; Meyer, A. 2003. Southern California socioeconomic assessment: Sociodemographic conditions, projections, and quality of life indices. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-187. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 418 p.

Go to General Technical Reports to view a PDF file of this paper, courtesy of the Pacific Southwest Research Station's collection of publications online.

Research conducted by:

Patricia Winter

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