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Population
  2010 2019
Population 37,253,956 39,512,223
Rank 1 1
Median Age 35.2 37.0
   
Total 8 year-olds 493,551 504,330
Boys 252,149 257,829
Girls 241,402 246,501
Total 9 year-olds 509,665 493,445
Boys 260,501 251,683
Girls 249,164 241,762
Total 10 year-olds 511,352 492,283
Boys 262,589 251,253
Girls 248,763 241,030
Total 11 year-olds 508,004 511,109
Boys 259,392 261,599
Girls 248,612 249,510
Total 12 year-olds 513,257 512,662
Boys 261,901 262,229
Girls 251,356 250,433
Total 13 year-olds 523,312 507,455
Boys 267,413 259,563
Girls 255,899 247,892
Total 14 year-olds 535,005 505,628
Boys 274,620 258,208
Girls 260,385 247,420
 
How People Get to Work: 2010 2019
Drive Alone 73.2% 73.5%
Car Pool 11.5% 9.8%
Public Transportation 5.2% 5.2%
Work at Home 5.2% 6.3%
 
Computer and Internet Use: 2019
Homes with a Computer 95.1%

Geography
  2010
Capital Sacramento
Largest City Los Angeles
Second Largest City San Diego
Persons Per Square Mile 239.1

Business
  2010 2018
Dentist Offices 20,531 22,341
Amusement Parks 47 53
Fast-Food Restaurants 25,620 32,534
Toy Stores 950 936
Video/Disc Rental Stores 1,098 98
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 57 62
Candy & Nut Stores 523 548
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 1,122 1,223
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 70 84

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that there is no data for that time period, due to there being less than three establishments. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: September 9, 1850
  • Population 1850: 92,597
  • Population 1900: 1,485,053
  • Population 1950: 10,586,223
  • Population 2000: 33,871,648
  • Population 2010: 37,253,956

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname : Golden State
  • Motto : Eureka
  • Flower : Golden Poppy
  • Tree : California Redwoods
  • Bird : California Valley Quail
  • Animal : California Grizzly Bear
  • Dance : West Coast Swing Dance

Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, Population Estimates, County Business Patterns, and Puerto Rico Community Survey.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State and Island Area symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.

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