Arcata, California Population 2021

18,801
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Arcata is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 18,801, it is the 309th largest city in California and the 1951st largest city in the United States. Arcata is currently growing at a rate of 0.99% annually and its population has increased by 9.11% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 17,231 in 2010. Arcata reached it's highest population of 18,801 in 2021. Spanning over 11 miles, Arcata has a population density of 2,007 people per square mile.

The average household income in Arcata is $55,405 with a poverty rate of 38.05%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,023 per month, and the median house value is $341,000. The median age in Arcata is 26.4 years, 27.3 years for males, and 25.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.3 males.

Arcata Demographics

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

  • White: 74.95%
  • Two or more races: 7.66%
  • Other race: 7.33%
  • Asian: 4.08%
  • Black or African American: 2.62%
  • Native American: 2.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.19%
The current population of Arcata, California is 18,801, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 18,246.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 17,231.

Arcata, California Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021134,186-686-0.51%
2020134,872-686-0.51%
2019135,558-686-0.51%
2018136,244-263-0.19%
2017136,5072170.16%
2016136,2901,1880.87%
2015135,1026080.45%
2014134,494910.07%
2013134,403-169-0.13%
2012134,572-671-0.50%
2011135,2432340.17%
2010135,0090.00%

Arcata Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White13,62574.95%
Two or More Races1,3937.66%
Some Other Race1,3337.33%
Asian7414.08%
Black or African American4772.62%
American Indian and Alaska Native3932.16%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2161.19%
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Arcata Population by Race

Arcata Population Pyramid 2021

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Arcata Median Age

26.4


Total

27.3


Male

25.3


Female

Arcata Adults

There are 16,362 adults, (2,063 of whom are seniors) in Arcata.

Arcata Age Dependency

27.1

Age Dependency Ratio

14.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

12.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Arcata Sex Ratio

Female

9,030

49.68%

Male

9,148

50.32%

Arcata Population by Age

Arcata Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Arcata Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.4%25.6%
All36.2%63.8%
Female29.2%70.8%
Male26.8%73.2%
Non Family23.7%76.3%

36.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Arcata Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,1552.2836.2
Non Family4,6811.9223.7
Married1,6903.0174.4
Female4593.1529.2
Male3252.526.8

2.81

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

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Arcata Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2302.39%
9th to 12th Grade5245.45%
High School Graduate1,32013.72%
Some College1,99620.75%
Associates Degree8729.07%
Bachelors Degree2,91530.30%
Graduate Degree1,76218.32%
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Arcata Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Arcata Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White7,4277,1243,749
Hispanic896723380
Multiple Races602587328
Other Race411253159
Asian336251203
Native American21321337
Black17710952
Islander110

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 60.42%.

Arcata Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$25,672$25,192$26,494
Less Than High School$13,750$$13,431
High School Grad$20,903$21,492$
Some College$19,432$$20,512
Bachelors Degree$26,131$25,809$28,482
Graduate Degree$51,542$43,826$54,797

$25,672

Average Earnings

$25,192

Average Male

$26,494

Average Female

Arcata Earnings by Educational Attainment

Arcata Language by Age

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Arcata Language

81.93% of Arcata residents speak only English, while 18.07% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 11.32% of the population.

Arcata Language

Arcata Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White11,7353,91033.32%
Hispanic2,2701,21953.70%
Other1,11970462.91%
Asian66439759.79%
Multiple1,19136130.31%
Islander216216100.00%
Black33817050.30%
Native34115445.16%

38.05%

Overall Poverty Rate

38.50%

Male Poverty Rate

37.59%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Arcata

The race most likely to be in poverty in Arcata is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Arcata is Multiple, with 30.31% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 51.77%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 49.53%.

Arcata Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School68.44%
High School35.83%
Some College35.41%
Bachelors or Greater13.21%

Arcata Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed75.33%
Male Unemployed66.60%
Male Employed28.70%
Female Employed26.52%

Arcata Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Arcata Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$35,506$55,405
Families$68,389$86,528
Married Families$98,929-
Non Families$25,583$37,618
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Income by Household Type

Arcata Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

21.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

21.4%

Male Marriage Rate

21.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Arcata Married by Age and Sex

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Arcata Marriage

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

Arcata Marital Status by Race

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Arcata Marital Status

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649

Number of Veterans

583

Male Veterans

66

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam304
Second Gulf War198
First Gulf War36
World War II34
Korea4

Arcata Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74231
18 to 34174
75+89
55 to 6481
35 to 5474

Arcata Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5614.48%
2 or More888.21%
Hispanic471.75%

Arcata Veterans by Race

Arcata Veterans by Education

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6.78%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.82%

Veteran Disability Rate

Arcata Veterans by Education

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64.2%

Labor Force Participation

56.6%

Employment Rate

11.7%

Unemployment Rate

Arcata Employment by Age

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Arcata Employment by Race

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Arcata Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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70.37%

Born in California

94.04%

Native Born

5.96%

Foreign Born

2.62%

Non Citizen

3.34%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.04% of Arcata residents were born in the United States, with 70.37% having been born in California. 2.62% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Arcata Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202118,8011850.99%
202018,6161851.00%
201918,4311851.01%
201818,246980.54%
201718,148480.27%
201618,1001550.86%
201517,945760.43%
201417,86990.05%
201317,860-15-0.08%
201217,875-37-0.21%
201117,9122311.31%
201017,6811,0300.60%
200016,6511,4540.92%
199015,1972,3471.69%
198012,8503,8653.64%
19708,9853,7505.55%
19605,2351,5063.45%
19503,7291,8747.23%
19401,8551460.82%
19301,7092231.41%
19201,4863652.86%
19101,1211691.65%
1900952-10-0.10%
18909622603.20%
18807020.00%

Arcata Population by Year