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California in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

     As one of the 24 states holding “Super Tuesday” presidential primary and caucus sites on Feb. 5, California had a 2007 population of 36.6 million, more than one-third of which (35.9 percent) is Hispanic or Latino. At 12.4 percent, California also has a higher proportion of Asians than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

     About 62 percent of California’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election. The national rate of 64 percent.

     These and other statistics about California’s population on topics ranging from education to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/>.

     Highlights include the following:

 Selected Characteristics California U.S.
 Median age 34.4 36.4
 Women 50.0% 50.7%
 White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 43.1% 66.4%
 Black alone 6.7% 12.8%
 Hispanic or Latino 35.9% 14.8%
Asian alone 12.4% 4.4%
 Median household income $56,645 $48,451
 Foreign born 27.2% 12.5%
 Persons below poverty 13.1% 13.3%
 Bachelor's degree or higher (age 25+) 29.0% 27.0%
 Median home value $535,700 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014