Population of California 2023
California is a state in the Western United States and borders Oregon to the north, Nevada, and Arizona to the east, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south. California is the most populous state in the United States and Its third-largest U.S. state by area. Area and Population Density. With an average of 254 people for every square mile, makes California the 11th most densely populated state in the US.
As per the United States Census Bureau, the population of California in 2020 is 39,538,223 (39.5 million)
Estimated Population of California in 2023 – 40 million
California Population 2010-2020
California has a population growth rate of 6.1% during 2010-2020. It has population increase of 2,284,267 (2.28 million) since 2010.
|Total Land Area||155,959 sq mi (403,932 km2)|
|Population Density||253.6/sq mi (97.9/km2)|
California Historical Population
California has a population growth rate of 6.13% during 2010-2020. In the Year 1910, the population of California was 2.3 million and in 2022 it reached 40 million, an increase of almost 37.7 million.
Let’s look at decade population and percentage change from the Year 1910 to 2020
Source: US Census 2020
Religion and Affiliations
Christianity is the majority religion in California followed by 64% of the population. Next comes the Unaffiliated population, 27% of the population doesn’t follow or adhere to any faith or religion. The largest Christian denomination in California is Protestant (32%) followed by Roman Catholics (28%), Mormonism (1%), Eastern Orthodoxy (1%), Jehovah’s Witnesses (1%), and Other Christian (1%).
Other non-Christian-based religions and faiths are followed by 8% of the population and include Hinduism (2%), Buddhism(2%), Jews (2%), Islam (1%), and other smaller faiths.
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Race and Ethnicity in California
In 2020, the Hispanic or Latino population became the largest racial or ethnic group in California, comprising 39.4% of the total population, up from 37.6% in 2010. This differs from 2010 when the largest racial or ethnic group in California was the White alone non-Hispanic population, whose share declined from 40.1% in 2010 to 34.69% in 2020. The Asian population was the third-largest group at 15.12%. Black or African American was the fourth largest group at 5.36%. Two or more races are at 4.12%
Ancestry in California
As per Census Studies & estimates German, Irish, and English Americans have made the three largest ancestry groups in Texas. Italian, American & French ancestry also shows good numbers.
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Cities and Counties in California
Los Angeles is the largest city in California and also the second-largest city in the United States. It has 3 of the largest 10 cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose), and the largest county (Los Angeles County) in the United States. It has three cities with a 1 million + population and six cities with more than half-million population.
As of 2022, California is divided into 58 counties. San Bernardino County is the largest county in the contiguous United States, as well as Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States.
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