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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.
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