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California Demographics

California Demographics

The state of California lies on the western seaboard of the American continent. The state of California is said to have the largest population in the United States of America. It is also in the news as a lot of national revenue comes from this state and it plays a huge role in the economic policies of the nation. Due to these reasons and many more it is absolutely necessary to know certain specific information regarding the state and such information can be categorized under ‘Demographics’.

California Ethnicity

  • The state of California can rightfully brag about being a mixed pot of different cultures. There is a direct Hispanic impression on the culture of California due to the large immigrant population. A huge percentage of the population has illegally migrated to the United States through porous borders between US and Mexico.
  • Despite these facts, 42.3% of the total population is Caucasian (white). Another 36.6% are Hispanic or Latino with Asians taking up 12.5% of the total population. African Americans constitute 6.7% of the total population and the minorities include multiracial at 2.6% and American Indians at 1.2%.
  • California has the highest number of Latinos when compared to any state in America. In fact they are dominant in places like Santa Ana, Sacramento, San Benito, Central Valley and Fresno etc.
  • A study of California demography shows that the state is also home to people from various international ancestries. For example a lot people come from German, Mexican, French and Italian lineage.

California Languages Spoken in California

  • If one goes to check with a broader perspective over 200 languages are spoken in the state of California. According to surveys conducted though English is the most dominant of all of them as nearly 57% use it to converse in California.
  • The second most dominant language is Spanish at 25.8% owing to the huge immigrant population and proximity to the Mexican border. In fact Spanish is officially the second language of the state of California.
  • There are more than a 100 indigenous languages specific to California which makes it one of the most linguistically diverse states in the United States of America.

California Religions Practiced in California

  • The real secular nature of the state of California can be made out by the list of religions practised here.
  • The entire population can be divided into Roman Catholics, Protestant population, American Jewish Community, American Muslim population and a sprinkling of eastern religions.
  • The Roman Catholics mostly consist of Irish, Italian, Mexican/Hispanic followers.
  • California also is home to the largest Mormon population outside of Utah.
American Jewish community are concentrated in and around Beverly Hills, LA, San Francisco, Oakland etc.

California Population

Historical Populations
Census Population.
1850 92,597
1860 379,994 310.4%
1870 560,247 47.4%
1880 864,694 54.3%
1890 1,213,398 40.3%
1900 1,485,053 22.4%
1910 2,377,549 60.1%
1920 3,426,861 44.1%
1930 5,677,251 65.7%
1940 6,907,387 21.7%
1950 10,586,223 53.3%
1960 15,717,204 48.5%
1970 19,953,134 27.0%
1980 23,667,902 18.6%
1990 29,760,021 25.7%
2000 33,871,648 13.8%

Racial and Ancestral Makeup

  • 42.3% White (not including White Hispanic)
  • 36.6% are Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
  • 12.5% Asian
  • 6.7% Black or African American
  • 2.6% Multiracial
  • 1.2% American Indian

Demographics of California

By Race White Black AIAN* Asian NHPI*
2000 (total population) 79.75% 7.65% 1.99% 12.39% 0.69%
2000 (Hispanic only) 30.79% 0.61% 0.85% 0.45% 0.13%
2005 (total population) 79.07% 7.45% 1.93% 13.47% 0.71%
2005 (Hispanic only) 33.59% 0.67% 0.84% 0.47% 0.13%
Growth 2000–05 (total population) 5.76% 3.90% 3.58% 16.01% 10.13%
Growth 2000–05 (non-Hispanic only) -0.91% 2.80% 1.87% 16.18% 9.65%
Growth 2000–05 (Hispanic only) 16.36% 16.48% 5.87% 11.68% 12.29%

Religious Affiliations

  • Protestant – 33%
    • Baptist – 4%
    • Presbyterian – 3%
    • Methodist – 2%
  • Roman Catholic – 31%
  • LDS – 2%
  • Jewish – 2%
  • Muslim – 1%
  • Other Religions – 4%
  • Non-Religious – 21%

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