California has the largest population in USA with population over 39 million, which accounts for 12% of the USA population. The state’s capital city is Sacramento. Los Angeles is California’s most populated city with an estimated population of around 4 million people.
California is located in Pacific coast, west part of USA. It has a total area of 423,970 km2 and covers 4.3 percent of America. California shares borders with Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and the Mexican state of Baja California.
Based on our research, California population will reach 40.748 million by 1st July of 2021. We use first day of July each year due to US census bureau normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.787% over last 10 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.
Population Growth of California
Looking back last 9 years of California’s population, the growth rate is slow but consistent ranging from 0.64% to 0.89%, adding around 0.25 million to 0.33 million people each year to the overall population. Lots of workers were moving to California to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. Comparing with other US states, California growth rate is pretty much align with the average.
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Demographics of California
According to U.S. Census Bureau, 49.7 percent of the California population is male and 50.3 percent are female. The top five races for people in California are: White (61.8%), Hispanic or Latino (37.2%), Some Other Race (13.9%), Asian (13.1%), Black or African American (6.1%).
The top five languages (other than English) spoken in California are: Spanish (28.46%), Chinese (2.80%), Tagalog (2.20%), Vietnamese (1.43%) and Korean (1.08%). As you can see
Asian languages dominate the non-English speaking Language in California.
The religious makeup of California is: Protestant(32%),Roman Catholic(28%), No religion(27%), Judaism(3.2%), Buddhism(2%), Hinduism(2%), Islam(1%), Mormons(1%).
Population Density of California
California’s population density is 97 people per square kilometer, which is ranking 11th most populated state in US. We are a bit surprised California cannot top the list even in the top 10 of the list considering it has the biggest population among other states in US.
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Top 5 Largest Cities by Population
The population figures below are based on the estimated by United States Census. They are subject to change. We will endeavor to make the figures as accurate as possible.
Los Angels – Not only it is the most populated city in California, it is also the second most populous city in the United States with population around 4 million, which accounts for 10.13% of the California population. The city is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of educational and professional fields … read more about Los Angels population 2021.
San Diego – The city is located in south of California on the border with Mexico. It has population over 1.4 million, which accounts for 3.5% of the state population. The city is best known as “the birthplace of California” because it was the first European landfall and the first European. San Diego ranks the second most populous city in California… read more about San Diego population 2021.
San Jose – With population of over 1 million, the city is California third most populated city after Los Angels and San Diego. Its population account for 2.5% of the state population. The city is located in Northern California. The city has a nickname “Capital of Silicon Valley” due to it is the economic, cultural, and political center of Silicon Valley… read more about San Jose population 2021.
San Francisco – It is fourth largest city by population in California with population over 0.87 million that accounts for 2.2% of the state population. In terms of density, the city is also It is the most densely populated major city in California and the second most densely populated major city in the United States, only after New York City…read more about San Francisco population 2021.
Fresno – It has population over 0.52 million that accounts for 1.3% of California population. The city is located near the geographic Fresno is the largest inland city in California. It is very close to famous Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park… read more about Fresno population 2021.
Facts About California
- California would rank 34th in population in the world. It has a larger population than either Canada or Australia.
- In 1962, California surpassed New York to become the most populous state in 1962. California’s population growth has slowed dramatically in the 21st century.
- California has the highest number, and second highest percentage, of Asian Americans by state.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger did not accept his governor’s salary of $175,000 per year because of his already substantial wealth from his acting career.
- California makes the same amount of money as Italy every year, and that Texas makes as much as Russia.
- The city has the largest American population of Southeast Asians, concentrated in the Los Angeles-Long Beach, Sacramento, and Fresno areas.
- California is the only state that has hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
- World’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in San Bernardino, California.
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