The Hispanic populations of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach increased in the last decade, U.S. Census data released Tuesday show.
The local numbers reflect a statewide trend, showing that California is becoming more Latino, but the Newport-Mesa area did not see the kinds of increases reflected in inland sections of the state. Like the rest of the state, Newport Beach also saw a spike in its Asian population while Costa Mesa recorded only modest growth.
Costa Mesa saw its Hispanic population increase to 35.8% in 2010, up 5% from 31.8% in 2000.
The city recorded a decline in its white population to 51.8% from 56.8%.
Costa Mesa's black and "other" populations remained statistically unchanged at 1.2% and .2 %, respectively. Asians grew a percentage point to 7%.