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Decennial Census data
      1860-1940  |   1950-1960  |   1970-1990  |   2000-2010

1970 Census 1980 Census 1990 Census
TOTAL POPULATION 556,234 100.0% TOTAL POPULATION 587,329 100.0% TOTAL POPULATION 649,623 100.0%
  
RACE RACE RACE
White 507,685 91.3% White 465,660 79.3% White 467,853 72.0%
Negro 26,085 4.7% Black 35,575 6.1% Black 34,580 5.3%
Indian 1,340 0.2% American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut 2,316 0.4% American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut 3,117 0.5%
Eskimo 37 0.0% Eskimo 71 0.0%
Aleut 18 0.0% Aleut 169 0.0%
Asian and Pacific Islander 59,468 10.1% Asian or Pacific Islander 109,309 16.8%
Asian 101,294 15.6%
Japanese 5,607 1.0% Japanese 8,997 1.5% Japanese 10,250 1.6%
Chinese 5,379 1.0% Chinese 16,624 2.8% Chinese 34,118 5.3%
Filipino 5,676 1.0% Filipino 23,099 3.9% Filipino 44,355 6.8%
Korean 2,148 0.4% Korean 3,262 0.5%
Asian Indian 2,723 0.5% Asian Indian 3,791 0.6%
Vietnamese 628 0.1% Vietnamese 2,070 0.3%
Cambodian 220 0.0%
Hmong 0 0.0%
Laotian 162 0.0%
Thai 544 0.1%
Other Asian 2,522 0.4%
Pacific Islander 8,015 1.2%
Polynesian 6,172 1.0%
Hawaiian 1,015 0.2% Hawaiian 1,373 0.2%
Samoan 1,174 0.2% Samoan 2,838 0.4%
Tongan 1,837 0.3%
Other Polynesian 124 0.0%
Guamanian 309 0.1% Micronesian -- Guamanian 306 0.0%
Micronesian -- Other 19 0.0%
Melanesian 1,275 0.2%
Other Asian and Pacific Islander 2,751 0.5% Pacific Islander Not Specified 243 0.0%
All other 4,462 0.8% Race, n.e.c. 24,310 4.1% Other Race 34,764 5.4%
  
PERSONS OF SPANISH ORIGIN OR DESCENT 39,909 7.2% SPANISH ORIGIN 72,883 12.4% TOTAL HISPANIC 113,090 17.4%
  
SEX SEX SEX
Male 271,450 48.8% Male 285,682 48.6% Male 321,109 49.4%
Female 284,784 51.2% Female 301,647 51.4% Female 328,514 50.6%
 
AGE AGE AGE
Under 5 years 42,939 7.7% Under 5 years 34,048 5.8% Under 5 years 43,947 6.8%
5 to 19 years 152,644 27.4% 5 to 19 years 123,055 21.0% 5 to 17 years 97,339 15.0%
20 to 64 years 318,072 57.2% 20 to 64 years 368,870 62.8% 18 to 64 years 428,029 65.9%
65 years and over 42,579 7.7% 65 years and over 61,356 10.4% 65 years and over 80,308 12.4%
Median age 29.5 X Median age 33.0 X Median age 35.0 X
  
HOUSEHOLDS HOUSEHOLDS HOUSEHOLDS
Head of household 185,028 100.0% Total households 225,330 100.0% Households 242,348 100.0%
Families 146,755 79.3% Families 154,205 68.4% Total families 164,177 67.7%
With own children under 18 years 79,863 43.2% With own children under 18 years 72,244 32.1% With own children under 18 years 72,439 29.9%
Persons per household 2.97 X Persons per household 2.58 X Persons per household 2.63 X
Persons per family 3.13 X Persons per family 3.17 X
  
INCOME AND POVERTY IN 1969 INCOME AND POVERTY IN 1979 INCOME AND POVERTY IN 1989
Income of families and unrelated individuals 13,222 X Median household income 17,962 X Median household income 46,437 X
Median family income 21,630 X Median family income 53,430 X
Income of persons 4,581 X Per capita income 8,406 X Per capita income 31,115 X
Less than poverty level 5.7% Below poverty level 10.6% Below poverty level 6.2%
  
COMMUTING TO WORK COMMUTING TO WORK
Mean travel time to work (minutes) 22.8 X Mean minutes traveled to work 24.0 X
Mean travel time to work for workers traveling 45 or more minutes 56.8 X
  
MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO WORK MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO WORK
Workers 16 years and over 305,833 100.0% Workers 16 years and over 346,559 100.0%
Private vehicle 261,135 85.4% Car, truck, or van 296,322 85.5%
Drive alone car 186,710 61.0% Drove alone 251,218 72.5%
Drive alone truck or van 23,848 7.8%
Carpool car 44,476 14.5% Carpooled 45,104 13.0%
Carpool truck or van 6,101 2.0%  
Public transportation 24,137 7.9% Public transportation 25,788 7.4%
Bus or streetcar 13,176 4.3% Bus or trolley bus 13,279 3.8%
  Streetcar or trolley car 372 0.1%
Subway or elevated train 4,960 1.6% Subway or elevated 6,240 1.8%
Railroad 5,900 1.9% Railroad 5,675 1.6%
  Ferryboat 0 0.0%
Taxicab 101 0.0% Taxicab 222 0.1%
Motorcycle 2,422 0.8% Motorcycle 1,333 0.4%
Bicycle 2,930 1.0% Bicycle 2,606 0.8%
Walked only 8,093 2.6% Walked 8,858 2.6%
Other means 2,209 0.7% Other means 2,120 0.6%
Worked at home 4,907 1.6% Working at home 9,532 2.8%
  
CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE
Employed 241,036 100.0% Employed 313,558 100.0% Employed 352,964 100.0%
 
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                Source: 1970 Census, 1980 Census, 1990 Census

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