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California (U.S. state abbreviation is 'CA') is a western state of United States, borders Nevada and Arizona to the east, Oregon to the north, Pacific Coast in the west. California population in 2024 is estimated to be 38.99 million residents, its most populous state in US as on across a total state area of 163,696 square miles (423,970 sq km), its 11th most densest and area rank is 3rd. California is losing population and is decreased by 533,494 people since from the last census of 2020. California is the top populous state in United States and stands on the rank of first in terms of population. California is overpopulated because of its thriving economy with lots of attractive jobs and weather. Bovada is legal in California and other online betting lines. Cost of living in California is expensive, Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and second most largest city in US, San Diego is the second populous, followed by San Jose, and the capital of the California State is Sacramento. The length and width of California is 1240km and 400km with an average elevation of 880m above sea level. Some of the Safest cities in California are Thousand Oaks, Murrieta, Irvine, Simi Valley, Mission Viejo and Lake Forest.

The population change percent is 0.86% in 2011 with 37.64 million people compared with the year 2010 of 37.3 million, between 2013 to 2014 the change was 0.90% and 2015 to 2016 is decreased to 0.66% and thereon it is decreased to 0.49 in 2017 and 0.40% in 2018 with 39.5 million. It is a clear indication that population of California as on 2019 is increasing, current estimate for California's population in 2019 is 39.75 million. According to U.S. 2020 Census Results, CA population in 2020 is 39.538 million residents. California population in 2023 is estimated to be 38.79 million residents, population in 2022 is estimated to be 39 million residents, and in 2021 is estimated to be 39.23 million.
YearPopulation% Change
202039,538,223census updated
July 1, 2020
Source : Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018, last census by July 1, 2020

California Population by Race

According to 2017 demographics estimates, population of California by race are:

White Population

White population in California are 23,607,242, percentage wise 60.56 percent are whites. Whites, also called White Americans or European American, having origins in the original peoples of Europe (numbers include hispanic whites).

Black Population

Black population in California are 2,263,222, percentage wise 5.81 percent are blacks. African American refers to black population in California, They are Black racial groups of Africa, includes Sub-Saharan African people, Kenyan, Nigerian, Caribbean such as Haitian and Jamaican.

Asian Population

Asian represent 5.5 million people which includes Asian Indians, Chinese, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Japanese and Korean. Asian population in California are 5,503,672, percentage wise 14.12 percent are asians, out of these 712,532 are Asian Indians, 1,486,821 are Chinese, 1,275,057 are Filipinos, 276,302 are Japanese, 466,313 are Korean, 642,758 are Vietnamese and 643,889 are other Asian nationals.

Hispanic Population

Hispanic population in California are 15,105,860. Percentage wise 38.75 percent are hispanics, out of these 12,555,044 are Mexican people, 215,163 are Puerto Ricans, 96,754 are Cubans, and 2,238,899 are other Hispanic or Latinos. Hispanics may be of any race, included in applicable race categories.

American Indian and Alaska Native represent 292,018 people includes Cherokee, Chippewa, Navajo, Sioux tribal grouping. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander represents 152,027 people which includes Native Hawaiian, Guamanian or Chamorro, Samoan and Other Pacific Islanders.

Total Population38,982,847Percent
Black or African American2,263,2225.81%
American Indian and Alaska Native292,0180.749%
Cherokee tribal grouping19,0150.049%
Chippewa tribal grouping2,5980.007%
Navajo tribal grouping9,0780.023%
Sioux tribal grouping4,2150.011%
Asian Population5,503,67214.12%
Asian Indian712,5321.83%
Other Asian Population643,889
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander152,0270.39%
Native Hawaiian24,7380.063%
Guamanian or Chamorro24,6400.063%
Other Pacific Islander62,197
Some other race5,329,952
Hispanic or Latino15,105,86038.75%
Puerto Rican215,1630.55%
Other Hispanic or Latino2,238,899

Source: US Census 2017(Table B03002)

Top Cities of California

According to 2020 US Census there are 795 US Cities, The top Cities in California are, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Riverside, Chula Vista, and Fremont. Los Angeles is the most populous city in California with 3.9 million as on 2018, As per the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana Urban Agglomeration estimates of UN World Population Prospects, population in 2020 is 12 million, ranks twenty-fifth city in the world. San Diego is the second populous city with 1.4 million and San Jose served as the first state capital in 1849-1851 is the third populous with 1 million, San Francisco is the popular tourist destination and the most densely populated city in California and is the second most densely populated major city in the United States, with 883,305 ranks fourth and Fresno is the largest inland city as per California demographics, noted for its large Hmong communities with 530,093 ranks fifth in the state. Sacramento was a major distribution center during the California Gold Rush is having population of 508,529 and Long Beach is the coastal city in the Greater Los Angeles area with 467,354 in sixth and seventh populous cities, It has grown with the development of high technology, aerospace, anonymous gaming industries in the area. Bakersfield is a city in Kern County, California. Other top cities of are Modesto, Fontana, Santa Clarita, Oxnard, Moreno Valley, Huntington Beach and Glendale. Other popular cities are Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Elk Grove, Oceanside and Garden Grove.

Other California cities include Corona, Hayward, Palmdale,Salinas,Sunnyvale, Pomona, Escondido and Torrance, Pasadena, Orange, Roseville, Fullerton and California Zip Codes starts with nine. There are many Most dangerous cities in California like Oakland, Stockton, San Bernardino.

1Los Angeles3,990,456
2San Diego1,425,976
3San Jose1,030,119
4San Francisco883,305
7Long Beach467,354
11Santa Ana332,725
15Chula Vista271,651
17San Bernardino215,941
20Santa Clarita210,089

Population Pyramid

California population pyramid is a graphical representation of the sex and age of a population, wide base suggests population increase, narrow base indicates declining birth rates. from 0 to 69 years the population growth is stable, decreases above 70 years due to aging population. 85+ graph indicates the life expectancy of female is better than men.

Source: 2021 US Census Estimates: Population In Five Year Age-Group

California Population by Age

According to 2019 US population estimates, population of California by age is 38,982,847, out of these 19,366,579 are male, 19,616,268 are female, The sex ratio of California is 987. The California population by age are, under 15 years is 7,563,195, 15 years and over is 31,419,652, 30 years and over is 22,961,038, 65 years and over is 5,148,448 and 85 years and over is 692,111. 49.68 percent are male, 50.32 percent are female, 19.40 percent are under 15 years old, 80.60 percent are 15 years and over, 58.90 percent are 30 years and over, 13.21 percent are 65 years and over, 1.78 percent are 85 years and over.

Languages spoken in CA

Languages in California has been the most linguistically diverse region in the world. English is the official language in California, 56% speak English as native language, 28.7% speak Spanish, 4.4% speak European languages, 9.8% speak Asian Languages with Asia contributing most of California's new immigrants.

European lauguage speakers include 123,607 spaek French including Cajun, 52,898 Italian, 91,000 Portuguese, 89,017 speak German (Germany), 21,828 Greek, 166,222 Russian, 22,742 Polish, 16,377 Serbo-Croatian, 34,173 Ukrainian or other Slavic languages, 28,368 Yiddish, Pennsylvania Dutch or other West Germanic languages.

Indian language speakers include 48,852 people speak Gujarati, 205,992 Hindi, 53,213 Urdu, 148,200 Punjabi, 32,234 Bengali, 57,084 Nepali/Marathi, 66,307 Telugu, 60,887 Tamil, 37,612 Malayalam, Kannada, or other Dravidian languages.

South East Centra Asian languages include 1,273,978 Chinese including Mandarin, Cantonese, 132,095 Japanese, 358,180 Korean, 70,408 Hmong, 582,486 Vietnamese, 63,829 Khmer, 75,494 Thai, Lao, or other Tai-Kadai languages, 818,325 Tagalog including Filipino.

188,961 Arabic, Armenian, 224,521 Persian including Farsi, Dari, 45,629 Hebrew, 1,469 Navajo, 72,246 Amharic, Somali, or other Afro-Asiatic languages, 9,781 Haitian, 33,325 Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or other languages of Western Africa, 20,598 Swahili or other languages of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa.

Speak only English20,418,28855.96
Spanish Language10,486,44728.74
European Language1,621,5594.44
Asian Languages3,595,3469.85
Other Languages367,6621.01
Source: US Census 2017(Table S1601)

California Education

Education statistics of California state as on 2017.

Population 18 to 24 years3,917,3092,021,3761,895,933
Less than high school graduate483,675289,577194,098
High school graduate (includes equivalency)1,155,180652,855502,325
Some college or associates degree1,893,620913,915979,705
Bachelors degree or higher384,834165,029219,805
Population 25 years and over25,950,81812,688,75013,262,068
Less than 9th grade2,510,3701,192,4931,317,877
9th to 12th grade, no diploma2,033,1601,064,080969,080
High school graduate (includes equivalency)5,345,5422,683,3092,662,233
Some college, no degree5,586,0712,706,2702,879,801
Associates degree2,021,944901,2011,120,743
Bachelors degree5,291,9842,547,7192,744,265
Graduate or professional degree3,161,7471,593,6781,568,069
High school graduate or higher10,642,5865,244,9705,397,616
Bachelors degree or higher4,777,3172,428,0082,349,309
Black or African1,507,055731,168775,887
High school graduate or higher1,341,098643,710697,388
Bachelors degree or higher361,147164,466196,681
American Indian or Alaska Native alone187,78192,79294,989
High school graduate or higher141,46769,17372,294
Bachelors degree or higher26,17812,53413,644
High school graduate or higher3,481,1571,628,2171,852,940
Bachelors degree or higher2,040,041961,2371,078,804
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander100,52548,65051,875
High school graduate or higher86,12341,61744,506
Bachelors degree or higher18,2118,7959,416
Hispanic or Latino Origin8,512,9994,238,3194,274,680
High school graduate or higher5,313,3592,609,3682,703,991
Bachelors degree or higher1,036,567473,092563,475
Source: US Census 2017(Table S1501)


The Statistics below shows the disadvantage people in California state as on 2017 demographics.

Total civilian non-institutionalized population4,088,523
Black or African American327,936
American Indian and Alaska Native alone46,789
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander15,536
Some other race385,675
With a hearing difficulty1,142,006
With a vision difficulty778,549
With a cognitive difficulty1,560,559
With an ambulatory difficulty2,133,750
With a self-care difficulty943,071
With an independent living difficulty1,611,722

Counties of California

California State is divided into 58 counties being most populous is Los Angeles County, and largest is San Bernardino County with 20,062 sq miles(51,960 sq km) having population of 2.15 million.

CountyPopulation 2017Population 2018% ChangeRank 2017Rank 2018
Alameda County1,658,1311,666,7530.577
Alpine County1,1211,101-1.85858
Amador County38,55139,3832.24646
Butte County229,207231,2560.92727
Calaveras County45,64245,602-0.14444
Colusa County21,67521,627-0.25050
Contra Costa County1,144,8631,150,2150.599
Del Norte County27,42827,8281.54949
El Dorado County188,722190,67812929
Fresno County986,542994,4000.81010
Glenn County27,95628,0470.34848
Humboldt County136,527136,373-0.13535
Imperial County181,574181,8270.13030
Inyo County17,94817,9870.25252
Kern County888,988896,7640.91111
Kings County149,696151,3661.13333
Lake County64,16264,3820.34040
Lassen County31,12330,802-14747
Los Angeles County10,118,75910,105,518-0.111
Madera County155,904157,6721.13232
Marin County259,725259,66602626
Mariposa County17,43717,4710.25353
Mendocino County87,69787,606-0.13838
Merced County271,340274,7651.32524
Modoc County8,8488,777-0.85656
Mono County14,23514,2500.15454
Monterey County435,477435,59402121
Napa County140,386139,417-0.73434
Nevada County99,50399,6960.23636
Orange County3,179,9503,185,9680.233
Placer County385,565393,14922222
Plumas County18,74018,8040.35151
Riverside County2,417,2242,450,7581.444
Sacramento County1,527,7181,540,9750.988
San Benito County60,19961,5372.24242
San Bernardino County2,153,2032,171,6030.955
San Diego County3,325,4683,343,3640.522
San Francisco County879,166883,3050.51212
San Joaquin County742,516752,6601.41515
San Luis Obispo County282,838284,0100.42323
San Mateo County768,808769,5450.11414
Santa Barbara County445,606446,5270.21920
Santa Clara County1,933,3831,937,5700.266
Santa Cruz County275,105274,255-0.32425
Shasta County179,539180,0400.33131
Sierra County3,0092,987-0.75757
Siskiyou County43,78443,724-0.14545
Solano County443,877446,6100.62019
Sonoma County503,246499,942-0.71717
Stanislaus County545,267549,8150.81616
Sutter County96,43896,8070.43737
Tehama County63,71863,9160.34141
Trinity County12,72612,535-1.55555
Tulare County463,097465,8610.61818
Tuolumne County54,03954,5390.94343
Ventura County850,802850,96701313
Yolo County218,376220,4080.92828
Yuba County76,77578,0411.63939

California History

As per the California Indian History, The tribes of Natives lived in California for an estimated to be more than 15,000 years. Various estimates of native population during pre-european times are range between 100,000 to 300000. The earliest Californians were believed to be Asians who moved across the Bering Straits to Alaska, which was thousands of years ago during the time of harsh climates through the land bridge made such travel easier which the route is is now vanished. California's which is vastly with mountain ranges and deserts, made difficult for indigenous groups to travel great distances and native people are isolated from region to region tending in large family groups unlike the tribes in the eastern United States. The mountain ranges of the pacific coast isolated these early settlers from the cultures that developed in neighboring Mexico and the western parts. California tribes used to be lived comparatively peaceful life, The early population of California of these plains and apparently shared no ties of language or culture with other nations. the original Californians were a diverse people, separated by language and culture and into as many as 135 distinct dialects.

During pre-european times, "California" means the peninsula on the west coast of modern Mexico now known as Baja California, and the Spanish explorers believed that they had discovered an enormous island. First European explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo from Spain started discovering in 1542. The Spanish discovery of California area was one of the great expansions of Spain explorers over extended empire in North America, at this time California was the most densely populated in the United States before the arrival of europeans. From 1770 to 1798 Various Missions are established like Carmel mission, San Gabriel mission, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, Ventura (San Buenaventura), Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Juan Bautista, San Fernando, San Luis Rey missions.

Massive Indian revolts among the Pueblo Indians in the late 17th century provided the Franciscan padres with an argument to establish missions relatively free from colonial settlers. These missions were authorised to convert the Indians in the specific period of time. Thereafter they were suppose to surrender their control over the missions livestock, fields, orchards and building to the Indians. But the padres never achieved this kind of goal and apparently the lands and wealth was stolen from the Indians. California and its Spanish Colonization are different from their earlier efforts to simultaneously introduce missionaries and colonists to congest schemes. But before epidemic diseases proved to be the most crucial factor in Spanish efforts to overcome native resistance, diseases such as smallpox, diphtheria, syphilis and even chickenpox and measles of children ailments caused greater death among Native Indians, in 1806 Measles epidemic and in 1838 Northwest smallpox epidemic killed 3,000, in 1840 Smallpox epidemic in southern territory killed 2,400. A general population was decreased due to unhygienic conditions in the area of colonial centers. By 1806 these epidemics killed thousands of Indians including children. Tribes included the Karok, Maidu, Cahuilleno, Mojave, Yokuts, Pomo, Paiute, and Modoc. 1848 Gold was discovered, in 1849 Miners begin to encroach into Indian territories and in 1851 Mariposa Indian War, Huge numbers of Indians slaughtered in gold country and Karuk villages are burned by Whites in 1852. By 1924, Indian Citizenship Act was created and Indians given right to vote.


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