Fullerton, California Population 2019

139,640

Fullerton is located in northern Orange County, California about 26 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 3 miles north of Anaheim. Fullerton is the 6th or 7th largest city in Orange County, nearly tied with Orange and behind Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Garden Grove. In 2019, Fullerton has an estimated population of 139,640.

Diversity

Like the rest of Orange County, Fullerton has a large Asian American population. Asian Americans now account for one-fifth of the population of the entire county with a great deal of diversity. Of the estimated 600,000 Asian Americans in Orange County, Vietnamese and Koreans are the two largest ethnic subgroups with 200,000 Vietnamese and 94,000 Korean Americans in the county. While Westminster and Garden Grove have large Vietnamese populations, Fullerton is home to a large community of Korean Americans. There are also about 89,000 Filipino Americans in the county. Asian Americans in the area include recent immigrants as well as families who first immigrated to the U.S. five generations ago.

A recent survey also found that there are more than 310,000 unauthorized immigrants in Orange County accounting for 10% of the county's total population. While most unauthorized immigrants in the area are from Latin America, especially Mexico (75%), about 15% are from Asia. This includes 4% from Korea, 3% from Vietnam, and 3% from the Philippines.

About 30% of people in Fullerton are foreign-born.

History

The area of Fullerton was first explored by Europeans in the late 1760s during a Spanish expedition to Montery. By 1771, Mission San Gabriel Arcangel was established and the Spaniards dubbed the native Tongva people "Gabrieliños." Modern-day Fullerton then became part of the Rancho San Juan Cajón de Santa Ana in the 1830s after it was granted to a Spanish soldier named Juan Pacifico Ontiveros.

Ontiveros sold parcels of the land to Americans who were developing California after the California Gold Rush. In 1886, the Amerige brothers heard that the California Central Railroad was searching for land and they bought 430 acres of land just north of Anaheim. The two negotiated with the president of the Pacific Land and Improvement Company, offering free right-of-way plus half interest in the land for the railroad if the survey of Fullerton was revised for a town site. Within ten years, Fullerton was on its way toward being a thriving agricultural community when a new Valencia orange orchard caught on. Fullerton was incorporated in 1904 and recognized in 1907.

After World War II, the population of Fullerton grew rapidly as veterans moved to California and created large housing developments. Orange County State College was founded in 1959 to serve the booming population and many instutitions followed to earn Fullerton its nickname as the "Education City."

Population Growth

Fullerton's population isn't growing like it once was. This trend can be seen throughout Orange County where annual growth of residents dropped by half in 2018 compared to the last five years. This trend is attributed to slowing foreign immigration and a surge of people moving elsewhere in the state or out of California.

Fullerton, California's estimated population is 139,640 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Fullerton, California is the 41st largest city in California based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 6224.83 people/mi² (2403.41 people/km²).

The overall median age is 35 years, 33.6 years for males, and 36.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.3 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 47,885 households in the city, with an average size of 3 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.1%, with a median rent of $1479/month. The median house has 5 rooms, and has a value of $589,600.

The median income for households in Fullerton, California is $71,660, while the mean household income is $95,697.

Fullerton Ca Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fullerton Ca was:

  • White: 55.33%
  • Asian: 24.63%
  • Other race: 11.84%
  • Two or more races: 4.70%
  • Black or African American: 2.83%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.41%
  • Native American: 0.25%

How Many People Live in Fullerton, California?

139,640
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018139,640-288-0.21%
2017139,928-720-0.51%
2016140,6485170.37%
2015140,1311,1820.85%
2014138,9492330.17%
2013138,7165630.41%
2012138,1531,7521.28%
2011136,4011,1020.81%
2010135,2999,2960.71%
2000126,00311,8590.99%
1990114,14411,8981.11%
1980102,24616,2591.75%
197085,98729,8074.35%
196056,18042,22214.94%
195013,9583,5162.94%
194010,442-418-0.39%
193010,8606,4459.42%
19204,4152,6909.85%
19101,7251,52524.04%
19002000.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White77,44955.33%
Asian34,48324.63%
Some Other Race16,57911.84%
Two or More Races6,5724.70%
Black or African American3,9632.83%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5770.41%
American Indian and Alaska Native3530.25%

Fullerton Ca Population Pyramid 2019

Fullerton Ca Median Age

35


Total

33.6


Male

36.2


Female

Fullerton Ca Adults

There are 109,275 adults, (17,730 of whom are seniors) in Fullerton Ca.

Fullerton Ca Age Dependency

52.9

Age Dependency Ratio

19.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Fullerton Ca Sex Ratio

Female

70,575

50.42%

Male

69,401

49.58%

Fullerton Ca Households and Families

Fullerton Ca Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fullerton Ca Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married65.6%34.4%
All51.6%48.4%
Female37.8%62.2%
Non Family36.5%63.5%
Male36.2%63.8%

51.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All45,476351.6
Married23,4443.5665.6
Non Family13,9011.5836.5
Female5,4193.837.8
Male2,7123.8736.2

3.48

Average Family Size

3

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fullerton Ca Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,6507.29%
9th to 12th Grade5,1915.69%
High School Graduate16,23917.80%
Some College19,10020.94%
Associates Degree7,0287.70%
Bachelors Degree23,68925.97%
Graduate Degree13,33014.61%

Fullerton Ca Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White34,97333,54015,679
Hispanic27,22018,4794,146
Asian24,27622,83815,483
Other Race9,2255,8371,123
Black2,6752,593919
Multiple Races2,5052,226879
Islander369351130
Native American30726578

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 96.93%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 63.78%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,261$45,865$33,559
Less Than High School$21,565$25,942$17,554
High School Grad$26,750$30,175$22,250
Some College$36,622$42,633$31,641
Bachelors Degree$52,694$64,141$41,757
Graduate Degree$76,958$87,945$68,486

$40,261

Average Earnings

$45,865

Average Male

$33,559

Average Female

Fullerton Ca Language

Fullerton Ca Language by Age

Fullerton Ca Language

53.46% of Fullerton Ca residents speak only English, while 46.54% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 24.98% of the population.

Fullerton Ca Poverty

Fullerton Ca Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic49,93210,41620.86%
Asian33,9754,36012.83%
White44,9964,3519.67%
Other16,3004,33426.59%
Black3,80299426.14%
Multiple6,49976411.76%
Islander5737713.44%
Native3536217.56%

14.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.08%

Male Poverty Rate

16.73%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fullerton Ca

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fullerton Ca is Other, with 26.59% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fullerton Ca is White, with 9.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.07%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.17%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School20.35%
High School15.22%
Some College8.80%
Bachelors or Greater6.71%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed33.77%
Male Unemployed24.31%
Female Employed10.34%
Male Employed5.77%

Fullerton Ca Income

Fullerton Ca Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$71,660$95,697
Families$83,924$109,922
Married Families$102,781$126,250
Non Families$46,001$57,571

Fullerton Ca Marital Status

Fullerton Ca Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.0%

Male Marriage Rate

45.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Fullerton Ca Married by Age and Sex

Fullerton Ca Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Fullerton Ca Marital Status by Race

Fullerton Ca Veterans

5,241

Number of Veterans

4,983

Male Veterans

258

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,627
Second Gulf War846
Korea789
First Gulf War725
World War II606

Fullerton Ca Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White3,9186.31%
Hispanic1,1263.27%
Black41312.28%
Asian4041.45%
Other2372.06%
2 or More2236.24%
Indian309.77%
Hawaiian163.38%

Fullerton Ca Veterans by Education

8.02%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.36%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fullerton Ca Employment Status

65.3%

Labor Force Participation

60.5%

Employment Rate

7.5%

Unemployment Rate

Fullerton Ca Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

54.32%

Born in California

69.45%

Native Born

30.55%

Foreign Born

15.28%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

69.45% of Fullerton Ca residents were born in the United States, with 54.32% having been born in California. 15.28% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.