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Asians forecast to increase from 33% to 44% of San Jose/Santa Clara county residents by 2040


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A new forecast commissioned by San Jose’s Office of Economic Development from the University of Southern California predicts the Asian population will increase in San Jose/Santa Clara County from 33% in 2010 to 44% by 2040. The proportion of foreign-born residents from Asia in San Jose/Santa Clara County is projected to grow from 58% to 65% by 2030. The overall foreign-born population in the County is expected to grow from 38% to 40% by 2030, outpacing both the levels in California (27%) and the nation (16%). “Foreign-born residents play an important role in San Jose and Santa Clara County and will continue to do so in the coming decades,” said Kim Walesh, Director of Economic Development for San Jose. “These are a highly educated and talented people who have global connections.” Nearly half (49%) of the foreign-born population in San Jose/Santa Clara County hold a bachelor’s degree or higher according to 2013 US Census data, which is higher than the County average (37%). To access the USC findings, Demographic Forecast for Santa Clara County: Foreign-Born, Race, Age and Duration of Residence. For information about the foreign-born population in San Jose, contact Email: John Lang, Chief Economist.