Population of California 2021

Population

California has been the most populous US state since 1962; today it has twice as many residents as New York State, which was the most populous until then.

Along with Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii, California is one of four so-called majority minority states, states in which non-Spanish-speaking whites make up less than 50 percent of the population. More than 200 languages ​​are spoken in California, with Spanish being the second most widely spoken language after English. Spanish is widely used, especially in Southern California, where Hispanic immigrants are particularly strong due to the border with Mexico. Demographic projections assume that California will have a Hispanic majority population in 2020, due to both higher birth rates and higher immigration rates.

California is the second most populous (member) state in the western hemisphere, surpassed only by the Brazilian state of São Paulo. If California were its own country, it would be the 34th most populous state in the world, ahead of Canada and Australia, which are significantly larger in area.

Top Counties by Population in California

Rank County Name Population Population Density (per km²)
1 Los Angeles County 10,039,118 954.74
2 San Diego County 3,338,341 306.61
3 Orange County 3,175,703 1,293.57
4 Riverside County 2,470,557 132.33
5 San Bernardino County 2,180,096 41.96
6 Santa Clara County 1,927,863 576.51
7 Alameda County 1,671,340 874.59
8 Sacramento County 1,552,069 620.33
9 Contra Costa County 1,153,537 618.52
10 Fresno County 999,112 64.69
11 Kern County 900,213 42.69
12 San Francisco 881,560 7,225.90
13 Ventura County 846,017 176.95
14 San Mateo County 766,584 659.14
15 San Joaquin County 762,159 210.37
16 Stanislaus County 550,671 142.22
17 Sonoma County 494,347 121.10
18 Tulare County 466,206 37.31
19 Solano County 447,654 208.70
20 Santa Barbara County 446,510 62.97
21 Monterey County 434,072 50.45
22 Placer County 398,340 109.31
23 San Luis Obispo County 283,122 33.09
24 Merced County 277,691 55.58
25 Santa Cruz County 273,224 236.56
26 Marin County 258,837 192.16
27 Yolo County 220,511 84.13
28 Butte County 219,197 51.60
29 El Dorado County 192,854 43.49
30 Imperial County 181,226 16.76
31 Shasta County 180,091 18.37
32 Madera County 157,338 28.42
33 Kings County 152,951 42.49
34 Napa County 137,755 70.54
35 Humboldt County 135,569 14.65
36 Nevada County 99,766 40.21
37 Sutter County 96,982 62.09
38 Mendocino County 86,760 9.55
39 Yuba County 78,679 48.21
40 Tehama County 65,095 8.52
41 Lake County 64,397 19.77
42 San Benito County 62,819 17.46
43 Tuolumne County 54,489 9.41
44 Calaveras County 45,916 17.38
45 Siskiyou County 43,550 2.67
46 Amador County 39,763 25.33
47 Lassen County 30,584 2.59
48 Glenn County 28,404 8.34
49 Del Norte County 27,823 10.66
50 Colusa County 21,558 7.23
51 Plumas County 18,818 2.84
52 Inyo County 18,050 0.68
53 Mariposa County 17,214 4.58
54 Mono County 14,455 1.83
55 Trinity County 12,296 1.49
56 Modoc County 8,852 0.87
57 Sierra County 3,016 1.22
58 Alpine County 1,140 0.60

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