Skip Main Navigation Skip To Navigation Content

State Facts for Students

California Flag California

Population
  2010 2012
Population 37,253,956 38,041,430
Median Age 35.2 35.5
Total 8 year-olds 493,551 504,378
Boys 252,149 257,482
Girls 241,402 246,896
Total 9 year-olds 509,665 500,861
Boys 260,501 255,248
Girls 249,164 245,613
Total 10 year-olds 511,352 493,938
Boys 262,589 252,588
Girls 248,763 241,350
Total 11 year-olds 508,004 508,369
Boys 259,392 259,745
Girls 248,612 248,624
Total 12 year-olds 513,257 515,463
Boys 261,901 264,489
Girls 251,356 250,974
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 73.2% 73.4%
Car Pool 11.5% 11.1%
Public Transportation 5.2% 5.2%
Work at Home 5.2% 5.3%
 
Computer and Internet Use: 2013
Homes with a Computer 86.8%

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

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 20,531 21,138
Amusement Parks 47 48
Fast-Food Restaurants 25,620 27,758
Toy Stores 950 878
Video/Disc Rental Stores 1,098 603
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 57 55
Candy & Nut Stores 523 484
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 1,122 1,190
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 70 74

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 data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

For the following combo box, to make a selection, press enter then alt plus down arrow and use the up and down arrows.

May I have another state, please?

Skip top of page navigation

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

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

Teachers: Download the Picture Your State lesson plan. [pdf]

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, and County Business Patterns.

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