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California has the largest population of any state in the nation. The table below compares the "top ten" most populous states in the country. Note that the population growth of California is about medium for the country, but the 6% growth rate with it's large population means that more people are moving to California than any other state (based on 2004 US Census projections). If the population growth rate continues at 6%, California's population should reach 50 million people shortly after 2025.

 
Population of top ten most populous states in the United States.

(Source: US Census Bureau data for California from the 2000 Census, with estimates for 2004)

State Population (7/1/2004) Population (4/1/2000) Percent Change
California 35,893,799 33,871,653 6.0%
Texas 22,490,022 20,851,790 7.9%
New York 19,227,088 18,976,821 1.3%
Florida 17,397,161 15,982,824 8.8%
Illinois 12,713,634 12,419,647 2.4%
Pennsylvania 12,406,292 12,281,054 1.0%
Ohio 11,459,011 11,353,145 0.9%
Michigan 10,112,620 9,938,480 1.8%
New Jersey 8,698,879 8,414,347 3.4%
North Carolina 8,046,491 8,541,221 6.1%
USA (Total) 293,655,404 281,424,602 4.3%
 
Comparison of the top ten largest metropolitan regions in the United States.
Metropolitan Region Population (2000) Population (1990) Percent Change
Greater New York City Region (NY,NJ,CT,PA) 21,199,865 19,549,649 8.4%
Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County (CA) 16,373,645 14,531,529 12.7%
Chicago-Gary-Kenosha (IL,IN,WS) 9,157,540 8,239,820 11.1%
Washington-Baltimore (DC,MD,VA,WV) 7,608,070 6,727,050 13.1%
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (CA) 7,039,362 6,253,311 12.6%
Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City (PA,NJ,DE,MD) 6,188,462 5,892,937 5.0%
Boston-Worcester-Lawrence (MA,NH,ME,CT) 5,819,100 5,344,403 6.7%
Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint (MI) 5,456,428 5,187,171 5.2%
Dallas-Fort Worth (TX) 5,221,801 4,037,282 29.3%
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (TX) 4,669,571 3,731,131 25.2%
       
California's largest cities.
California Cities Population (2000) Area (sq. mi) (2000) Ranked (all US)
Los Angeles 3,694,820 469.1 2
San Diego 1,223,400 324.4 7
San Jose 894,943 174.9 11
San Francisco 776,733 46.7 13
Long Beach 461,522 50.4 34
Fresno 427,652 104.4 37
Sacramento 407,018 97.2 40
Oakland 399,484 56.1 41
Santa Ana 337,977 27.1 50
Anaheim 328,014 48.9 54
Riverside 255,166 78.1 66
Bakersfield 247,057 113.1 68
Stockton 243,771 54.7 69
Fremont City 203,413 76.7 84
Glendale 194,973 30.6 97
Huntington Beach 189,594 26.4 100
Modesto 188,856 35.8 101
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