Information About California

The total estimated population is 33,871,648. Density is very low at 217 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 32,264,002; Black: 20,170,059; Two or More Races: 5,682,241; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 3,697,513; American Indian: 2,263,882; Asian: 333,346; Other Race: 116,961; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 33,871,648 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 8,864,255 foreign born residents, of which 39.2% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 3,928,701; Philippines: 664,935; Vietnam: 418,249; El Salvador: 359,673; China (not including Hong Kong or Taiwan): 327,611; Korea: 268,452; Guatemala: 211,458; U.S. Born: This State: 17,019,097; Midwest: 2,489,648; South: 2,087,408; Northeast: 1,612,380; West: 1,425,187;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in California Most Common US Birthplaces in California

The sex distribution is 50% male and 50% female. The median age is 33 years.

Age Distribution

There are 2,042,965 married couples with children and 1,497,168 single-parent households (48,658 men, 1,448,510 women).

The median household income is $47,493 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; California: $47,493;

14% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; California: 14%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 10,415,680; Government: 2,158,071; Self-employed: 1,216,974; Unpaid family work: 82,667; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 5,295,069; Sales and office: 3,939,383; Professional and related: 3,149,174; Office and administrative support: 2,266,631; Service: 2,173,874; Management, business, and financial operations: 2,145,895;

Work Types in California Common Occupations in California

The average commute time is 29 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 10,432,462; Car or truck (carpooled): 2,113,313; Public transportation: 736,037; Worked at home: 557,036; Walked: 414,581; Bicycle: 120,567; Motorcycle: 36,262;

Transportation to work methods in California

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in California.

There are 12,214,549 housing units, of which 7,815,366 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 6,546,334; Renter: 4,956,536; Vacant: 711,679; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 5,172,247; Not Mortgaged: 1,374,087;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in California

The median single family home value is $211,500.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; California: $1,478;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; California: $677;

The average household size is 3 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 1,152,550; 1940 to 1949: 939,717; 1950 to 1959: 1,895,166; 1960 to 1969: 2,047,205; 1970 to 1979: 2,504,157; 1980 to 1989: 2,098,028; 1990 to 1994: 845,325; 1995 to 1998: 541,056; 1999 to March 2000: 191,345;

0.9% of homes lack plumbing and 1.5% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 8,114,829; Electricity: 2,505,406; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 434,972; Wood: 204,699;