Resident population in California 1960-2018

Resident population in California from 1960 to 2018 (in millions)

by Erin Duffin, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Resident population in California 1960-2018 The resident population of California has been steadily increasing over the past few decades and has increased to 39.56 million people in 2018. 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.
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