California's new population total is 37.3 million, up from 33.9 million in 2000, according to the U.S. Census data released today.
The five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Los Angeles, 3,792,621; San Diego, 1,307,402; San Jose, 945,942; San Francisco, 805,235; and Fresno, 494,665. Los Angeles grew by 2.6 percent since the 2000 Census. San Diego grew by 6.9 percent, San Jose grew by 5.7 percent, San Francisco grew by 3.7 percent, and Fresno grew by 15.7 percent.
The largest county is Los Angeles, with a population of 9,818,605. Its population grew by 3.1 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include San Diego, with a population of 3,095,313 (increase of 10.0 percent); Orange, 3,010,232 (increase of 5.8 percent); Riverside, 2,189,641 (increase of 41.7 percent); and San Bernardino, 2,035,210 (increase of 19.1 percent).
That growth was fueled by the continuing Hispanic population boom.
California's Hispanic population was up 27.8% since 2000. NonHispanic up just 1.5%.
The census results are likely to spark political fight in redistricting of congressional and legislative districts for the
state, as well as the distribution of funds to localities strapped by the recession. |
The newly released detailed data will be used by the state's new independent redistricting commission to draw new legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts for the 2012 elections.
The state's new official 2010 population, 37,263,308, was released in December and is a 10 percent gain over 2000. But details -- including census tract, city and county breakdowns, as well as those of income, ethnicity and other factors -- were not released until today.
By law, the Citizens Redistricting Commission has until August to adopt new districts, replacing those that the Legislature drew in 2001.
The commission was established by a ballot measure approved by voters amid widespread criticism that the previous method permitted gerrymandering that ignored demographic changes.
The 14-member commission is composed of five Democrats, Republicans and four independents. A majority of each group was agree to a final plan, which is subject to court challenges.