California Overview

Population Demographics

  • The state's population is 27.8% college educated and 80.7% have a high school diploma or a GED.
  • The races making up the largest parts of the population are: White [57.6%], Hispanic [37.6%] and Asian [13.0%].
  • California has the 1st largest state population. It has a population of 37,253,956 people.
  • The state's residents are 50.6% married and 49.4% single.
  • The state's population is 72.8% native born and 27.2% foreign born.
  • The state's residents are 49.7% males and 50.3% women.

» More about the California Population including race, age and gender data.


  • Typical commute times differ throughout the state. However, overall 55.4% of works commute under 25 mins daily, 26.7% commute 25-45 mins, and 17.9% have a commute greater than 45 minutes.
  • At the time of the last census, the California unemployment rate was 9.0%.
  • The median worker income in California is $31,245.
  • Typically, people work 39/hrs per week in California.
  • The California poverty rate of 12.1% is lower than the national average.

» More about the California economy including unemployment and income trends.


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Largest Cities in America

New York, NY

Population: 8,175,133

Avg. Income: $33,260

Los Angeles, CA

Population: 3,792,621

Avg. Income: $25,922

Chicago, IL

Population: 2,695,598

Avg. Income: $29,913

Houston, TX

Population: 2,099,451

Avg. Income: $25,358

Philadelphia, PA

Population: 1,526,006

Avg. Income: $27,856