Californians — There Are Now Nearly 40 Million of Us

Another milestone, or population-stone, hit in the final days of 2017. California now has just shy of 40 million Californians populating its cities, towns, villages, farms, ranches, hideaways and off-the-grid homes. Which means we’re the most populous state in the union, and if we were our own country we’d be a big player on the world stage in many measures. This figure comes from the CA Department of Finance.

Taking a year ending on July 1, 2017, the population grew by 300,000 in that year, so by now we may be getting closer to the actual 40 mil mark. Most of the added Californians were by birth. And now our golden state has 9 counties inhabited by more than 1 million people per county: Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange.

Our very own San Francisco county has 880,000 people, and we are 12th in the state in county populations. The above biggest-peopled CA counties make up 70 percent of the state’s population.

More people came into the state than left it, with 80,000 people moving in.