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Census: Midpeninsula's population of kids, teens is shrinking

Original post made on Oct 29, 2021

The number of young people on the Midpeninsula is shrinking, even as the overall population grows, mirroring a trend throughout California. The children and teens are also becoming increasingly non-white.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 29, 2021, 5:43 AM

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Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2021 at 10:52 am

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From the charts above, it looks like Palo Alto's ethnic diversity has significantly improved, with increases in every one of the measured categories other than white shown above. That is consistent with what I am seeing among my neighbors and in our schools.

It would be interesting to see economic diversity charted in a similar way. I think a lot of erroneous assumptions about Palo Alto's population are driving decision-making. While we do have community members who are billionaires and millionaires (who mostly live in one part of town), the vast majority of PA residents do not fall into that category--which is why more than half of our city's residents are renters. It's true that we have some wildly wealthy residents. We also have many more local people in my modest neighborhood who are really struggling to get by.

I would really appreciate reporting on economic distribution. Thank you.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Oct 29, 2021 at 11:51 am

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Lack of diversity in Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley? Are we sure these census records are correct? California is very diverse, and without further explanation, I'll just have to except reality. Life is so unfair.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 29, 2021 at 3:24 pm

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Also employment base — Race and correlation to jobs. It’s so obvious where Palo Alto, Woodside, Atherton, Los Altos house cleaners, cooks, gardeners, nannies, hairdressers, plumbers, day laborers reside exist by a thread.. Let’s get real … scrambling for fair rents lower housing costs … tripling up tiny rentals so their 2% er employers can maintain and grow their massive amounts of property space and pay said above the lowest hourly wage possible with zero no benefits and fire them on a whim. And these employers expect 100% loyalty from “workers”.

Posted by toransu
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 4, 2021 at 11:20 pm

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Whaaat? There are fewer kids when fewer families can afford to live here? What a shock! I never, let me tel you, NEVER, would have seen THAT coming!

Also the shock at the lack of diversity is incredibly rich. Newsflash: only white and Asian does not a diverse population make. During my time in Palo Alto public schools, there were barely any Latino and African-American students. Of those few, most of them are from East Palo Alto. I can think of maybe two or three people that I knew who actually lived in Palo Alto proper. This is not a real secret, if you have eyes, you know exactly how “diverse” Palo Alto is. If a child understood that, then you do too.

Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 5, 2021 at 4:52 pm

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"only white and Asian does not a diverse population make"

The white washing of Asians continues....

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 7, 2021 at 8:59 am

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People live in the vicinity of where they work. This area is a high tech area. That means that the families have to generally have a high tech background. That starts in school - Latino and Black need to study the right courses in high chool and go on in college. Quit making excuses for everyone who does not make the effort in school to progress in the area they live in. Move to LA - a location that has every type of job possible. No excuses in LA - also San Jose has a wider business diversification. This is about jobs - study in school for the job market you want to be in. It is not everyone else job to educate all of the childern in any one area. And we do not need to subsidize every one who does not go to school and make the personal effort to learn how to work.

Posted by S. Underwood
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 7, 2021 at 9:31 am

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@Me 2 -- I cannot agree more. Asia has close to 5 billion people, something like 20x that of North America and 60% of the world's population and ethnic diversity.

The American flattening of "Asian" by the America to fit its narrow political narrative is maybe the most American thing possible. The first time I heard Asians lumped together as "white adjacent" I laughed out loud because I thought it was a joke. Sadly no.

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