California Population 1900-2018

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the state of California from 1900 to 2018.
  • The population of California in 2018 was 39,557,045, a 0.4% increase from 2017.
  • The population of California in 2017 was 39,399,349, a 0.49% increase from 2016.
  • The population of California in 2016 was 39,209,127, a 0.66% increase from 2015.
  • The population of California in 2015 was 38,953,142, a 0.85% increase from 2014.
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau - Population Estimates

MLA Citation:
State Population Ranking
State Name Population
California 39,557,045
Texas 28,995,881
Florida 21,477,737
New York 19,453,561
Pennsylvania 12,801,989
Illinois 12,671,821
Ohio 11,689,100
Georgia 10,617,423
North Carolina 10,488,084
Michigan 9,986,857
New Jersey 8,882,190
Virginia 8,535,519
Washington 7,614,893
Arizona 7,278,717
Massachusetts 6,892,503
Tennessee 6,829,174
Indiana 6,732,219
Missouri 6,126,452
Maryland 6,045,680
Wisconsin 5,822,434
Colorado 5,758,736
Minnesota 5,639,632
South Carolina 5,148,714
Alabama 4,903,185
Louisiana 4,648,794
Kentucky 4,467,673
Oregon 4,217,737
Oklahoma 3,956,971
Connecticut 3,565,287
Utah 3,205,958
Iowa 3,155,070
Nevada 3,080,156
Arkansas 3,017,804
Mississippi 2,976,149
Kansas 2,913,314
New Mexico 2,096,829
Nebraska 1,934,408
West Virginia 1,792,147
Idaho 1,787,065
Hawaii 1,415,872
New Hampshire 1,359,711
Maine 1,344,212
Montana 1,068,778
Rhode Island 1,059,361
Delaware 973,764
North Dakota 762,062
Alaska 731,545
Wyoming 578,759
California - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2018 39,557,045 0.40%
2017 39,399,349 0.49%
2016 39,209,127 0.66%
2015 38,953,142 0.85%
2014 38,625,139 0.90%
2013 38,280,824 0.84%
2012 37,960,782 0.85%
2011 37,641,823 0.86%
2010 37,320,903 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%