California Population 1900-2020

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the state of California from 1900 to 2020.
  • The population of California in 2020 was 39,368,078, a 0.18% decline from 2019.
  • The population of California in 2019 was 39,437,610, a 0% increase from 2018.
  • The population of California in 2018 was 39,437,463, a 0.25% increase from 2017.
  • The population of California in 2017 was 39,337,785, a 0.48% increase from 2016.
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau - Population Estimates

MLA Citation:
State Population Ranking
State Name Population
California 39,368,078
Texas 29,360,759
Florida 21,733,312
New York 19,336,776
Pennsylvania 12,783,254
Illinois 12,587,530
Ohio 11,693,217
Georgia 10,710,017
North Carolina 10,600,823
Michigan 9,966,555
New Jersey 8,882,371
Virginia 8,590,563
Washington 7,693,612
Arizona 7,421,401
Massachusetts 6,893,574
Tennessee 6,886,834
Indiana 6,754,953
Missouri 6,151,548
Maryland 6,055,802
Wisconsin 5,832,655
Colorado 5,807,719
Minnesota 5,657,342
South Carolina 5,218,040
Alabama 4,921,532
Louisiana 4,645,318
Kentucky 4,477,251
Oregon 4,241,507
Oklahoma 3,980,783
Connecticut 3,557,006
Utah 3,249,879
Iowa 3,163,561
Nevada 3,138,259
Arkansas 3,030,522
Mississippi 2,966,786
Kansas 2,913,805
New Mexico 2,106,319
Nebraska 1,937,552
Idaho 1,826,913
West Virginia 1,784,787
Hawaii 1,407,006
New Hampshire 1,366,275
Maine 1,350,141
Montana 1,080,577
Rhode Island 1,057,125
Delaware 986,809
North Dakota 765,309
Alaska 731,158
Wyoming 582,328
California - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 39,368,078 -0.18%
2019 39,437,610 0.00%
2018 39,437,463 0.25%
2017 39,337,785 0.48%
2016 39,149,186 0.63%
2015 38,904,296 0.82%
2014 38,586,706 0.87%
2013 38,253,768 0.81%
2012 37,944,551 0.82%
2011 37,636,311 0.85%
2010 37,319,550 0.97%
2009 36,961,229 0.97%
2008 36,604,337 0.98%
2007 36,250,311 0.64%
2006 36,021,202 0.54%
2005 35,827,943 0.71%
2004 35,574,576 0.91%
2003 35,253,159 1.09%
2002 34,871,843 1.14%
2001 34,479,458 1.45%
2000 33,987,977 2.54%
1999 33,145,121 1.41%
1998 32,682,794 1.44%
1997 32,217,708 1.37%
1996 31,780,829 0.91%
1995 31,493,525 0.56%
1994 31,317,179 0.55%
1993 31,147,208 0.88%
1992 30,875,920 1.52%
1991 30,414,114 1.55%
1990 29,950,111 2.51%
1989 29,218,164 2.65%
1988 28,464,249 2.47%
1987 27,777,158 2.49%
1986 27,102,237 2.50%
1985 26,441,109 2.31%
1984 25,844,393 1.91%
1983 25,360,026 2.18%
1982 24,820,009 2.20%
1981 24,285,933 2.04%
1980 23,800,800 2.34%
1979 23,256,880 1.84%
1978 22,835,958 2.16%
1977 22,352,396 1.90%
1976 21,935,909 1.85%
1975 21,537,849 1.72%
1974 21,173,865 1.46%
1973 20,868,728 1.38%
1972 20,585,469 1.18%
1971 20,345,939 1.88%
1970 19,971,069 1.32%
1969 19,711,000 1.63%
1968 19,394,000 1.14%
1967 19,176,000 1.69%
1966 18,858,000 1.47%
1965 18,585,000 2.39%
1964 18,151,000 2.73%
1963 17,668,000 3.49%
1962 17,072,000 3.49%
1961 16,497,000 3.95%
1960 15,870,000 2.61%
1959 15,467,000 3.94%
1958 14,880,000 4.32%
1957 14,264,000 4.02%
1956 13,713,000 4.42%
1955 13,133,000 3.04%
1954 12,746,000 4.04%
1953 12,251,000 5.29%
1952 11,635,000 4.50%
1951 11,134,000 4.28%
1950 10,677,000 3.29%
1949 10,337,000 2.71%
1948 10,064,000 2.36%
1947 9,832,000 2.86%
1946 9,559,000 2.30%
1945 9,344,000 4.46%
1944 8,945,000 5.16%
1943 8,506,000 9.97%
1942 7,735,000 6.88%
1941 7,237,000 4.13%
1940 6,950,000 2.43%
1939 6,785,000 1.94%
1938 6,656,000 1.96%
1937 6,528,000 2.95%
1936 6,341,000 2.69%
1935 6,175,000 1.90%
1934 6,060,000 1.63%
1933 5,963,000 1.17%
1932 5,894,000 1.20%
1931 5,824,000 1.98%
1930 5,711,000 3.25%
1929 5,531,000 3.50%
1928 5,344,000 3.83%
1927 5,147,000 4.42%
1926 4,929,000 4.21%
1925 4,730,000 4.16%
1924 4,541,000 6.35%
1923 4,270,000 6.99%
1922 3,991,000 5.16%
1921 3,795,000 6.78%
1920 3,554,000 6.44%
1919 3,339,000 2.36%
1918 3,262,000 2.87%
1917 3,171,000 3.26%
1916 3,071,000 2.09%
1915 3,008,000 2.52%
1914 2,934,000 4.38%
1913 2,811,000 5.36%
1912 2,668,000 5.29%
1911 2,534,000 5.32%
1910 2,406,000 5.43%
1909 2,282,000 5.60%
1908 2,161,000 5.21%
1907 2,054,000 3.95%
1906 1,976,000 4.38%
1905 1,893,000 5.64%
1904 1,792,000 5.29%
1903 1,702,000 4.87%
1902 1,623,000 4.71%
1901 1,550,000 4.03%
1900 1,490,000 0.00%