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Resident population in California 1960-2019

The resident population of California has been steadily increasing over the past few decades and has increased to 39.51 million people in 2019. This makes it the most populous state in the U.S.

Californian demographics

Along with an increase in population, California’s gross domestic product (GDP) has also been increasing, from 1.7 trillion U.S. dollars in 2000 to 2.67 trillion U.S. dollars in 2018. In the same time period, the per-capita personal income has almost doubled, from 33,403 U.S. dollars in 2000 to 62,586 U.S. dollars in 2018.

In 2017, the majority of California’s resident population was Hispanic or Latino, although the number of white residents followed as a close second, with Asian residents making up the third largest demographic in the state.

The dark side of the Golden State

While California is one of the most well-known states in the U.S., is home to Silicon Valley, and one of the states where personal income has been increasing over the past 20 years, not everyone in California is so lucky: In 2017, the poverty rate in California was about 13.3 percent, and the state had the fifth highest rate of homelessness in the country in 2018, with an estimated 329 homeless people per 100,000 of the population.

Resident population in California from 1960 to 2019

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Release date

December 2019


United States

Survey time period

1960 to 2019

Supplementary notes

1960 to 2000 data as of April 1, data for other years as of July 1. Insofar as possible, population shown for all years is that of present area of state.
* The April 1, 1990, census counts include corrections processed through August 1997, results of special censuses and test censuses, and do not include adjustments for census coverage errors.
Data from previous years can be found here.

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