Diversity County

Posted: June 12, 2009 in Peace

The answer to the ever-present question of where we’ll end up after law school still remains to be seen, and though no one is more interested in the answer than me, there’s no reason to think it will come any time soon. I have identified, however, one thing that I would miss very much should we move away from California, and that is its diversity.

I was a little late getting out of work tonight and thought I’d grab a bite to eat before fighting the traffic home. So I stopped in for a healthy dinner at McDonald’s (HA!). Well, maybe not healthy, but it was fast and cheap. Anyway, our office is near Koreatown, and at one point I thought to look around the crowded restaurant and noticed that I was the only white guy in the place. Mostly Asian given our location, several Latino, a few African-Americans, and me. For a guy who grew up where white guys were always the ONLY people in the place, this little factoid was worth noting.

I’m a big fan of diversity, maybe because I grew up diversity-poor. Malibu doesn’t really satisfy my craving, but Los Angeles County as a whole is the place for me to be – the most diverse county in these United States. Check it out – 10 million people in our county, and according to Wikipedia, here’s how it breaks down from there:
* 48.71% White. 11.0% African American, 0.81% Native American, 10.0% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 23.53% from other races, and 4.94% from two or more races.
* 44.56% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
* 45.87% of the population reported speaking English at home; 37.89% speak Spanish, 2.22% Tagalog, 1.98% Chinese, 1.87% Korean, and 1.57% Armenian.

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