• California population facts
    California population facts
    California is the most populous state in the United States. In 1850, when California was admitted as the 31st state in the union, California was 29th most populous state (only Delaware and Florida had fewer people). In 1963, California became the most populous state in the United States by surpassing the New York state. The current population (2020 est.) of California is 40 million.
  • Population facts about California
    The population of California is estimated to be 40 million in 2020. Within the Western hemisphere California is the second most populous sub-national administrative entity (behind the state of São Paulo in Brazil) California's population is greater than any of 161 nations. Only 34 countries of the world boast a population that is bigger than that of California. The Greater Los Angeles Area is the 2nd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, after the New York metropolitan area, while Los Angeles, with nearly half the population of New York City, is the second-largest city in the United States. Conversely, San Francisco, with nearly one-quarter the population density of Manhattan, is the most densely populated city in California and one of the most densely populated cities in the United States. Also, Los Angeles County has held the title of most populous United States county for decades, and it alone is more populous than 42 United States states. Including Los Angeles, four of the top 15 most populous cities in the U.S. are in California: Los Angeles (2nd), San Diego (8th), San Jose (10th), and San Francisco (13th). The center of population of California is located in the town of Buttonwillow, Kern County.
    California population growth
    Year Population Growth
    1840 7,300 No Data
    1850 92,597 1168%
    1860 379,994 310.40%
    1870 560,247 47.40%
    1880 864,694 54.30%
    1890 1,213,398 40.30%
    1900 1,485,053 22.40%
    1910 2,377,549 60.10%
    1920 3,426,861 44.10%
    1930 5,677,251 65.70%
    1940 6,907,387 21.70%
    1950 10,586,223 53.30%
    1960 15,717,204 48.50%
    1970 19,953,134 27.00%
    1980 23,667,902 18.60%
    1990 29,760,021 25.70%
    2000 33,871,648 13.80%
    2010 37,253,956 10.00%
    2020 40,000,000 7.3%
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