Fontana, California Population 2020

218,573
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Fontana is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 218,573, it is the 18th largest city in California and the 102nd largest city in the United States. Fontana is currently growing at a rate of 1.12% annually and its population has increased by 11.48% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 196,069 in 2010. Spanning over 43 miles, Fontana has a population density of 5,075 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fontana is $84,716 with a poverty rate of 13.87%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,288 per month, and the median house value is $351,700. The median age in Fontana is 30.8 years, 29.5 years for males, and 32.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.9 males.

Fontana is located in San Bernardino County, California along the San Bernardino Mountains. “Fontana” is Italian for “water source,” a nod to the nearby Santa Ana River. Fontana is currently the second largest city in San Bernardino County after San Bernardino, although the cities are close in population. It’s part of the Inland Empire, which comprises San Bernardino and Riverside Counties as well as the Greater Los Angeles area, the second largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Population Growth

Like other cities in the Inland Empire, Fontana is enjoying significant population growth driven by higher-paying professional jobs in the region and the high cost of living in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Fontana was recently named as the Most Prosperous City in California thans to its stable home values, average income, low unemployment and poverty rates, and population growth. In 2016, Fontana led San Bernardino County in population growth with an increase of 1.4%, adding nearly 3,000 people in just one year. Since 1990, Fontana’s population has nearly doubled.

Fontana is a fairly young city with a history going back to its founding in 1919. It quickly became an agricultural community with chicken ranches, vineyards, and citrus orchards along Route 66. During World War II, one of just two steel mills in the West was built in Fontana. The mill’s owner, Henry J. Kaiser, then built the Fontana Kaiser Permanente medical facility to provide health care for mill workers. It’s now the country’s largest managed care organization.

Fontana’s economy has largely moved away from agriculture, intead focusing on industry, especially trucking industries. It’s home to many product distribution centers for major companies like Home Shoppig Network, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota. Kaiser Permanente is Fontana’s largest employer.

By 2000, Fontana had a population of 129,000. Today, it’s estimated at more than 211,000, in large part due to large residential developments in the north part of the city and a successful campaign to annex developed, unincorporated areas in 2006 and 2007.

Fontana Demographics

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

  • Other race: 40.38%
  • White: 39.02%
  • Black or African American: 8.61%
  • Asian: 6.35%
  • Two or more races: 4.74%
  • Native American: 0.67%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.23%
The current population of Fontana, California is 218,573, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 213,739.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 196,069.

Fontana, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race84,37040.38%
White81,54039.02%
Black or African American17,9828.61%
Asian13,2626.35%
Two or More Races9,9004.74%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,4060.67%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4830.23%
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Fontana Population Pyramid 2020

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Fontana Median Age

30.8


Total

29.5


Male

32.3


Female

Fontana Adults

There are 149,134 adults, (15,256 of whom are seniors) in Fontana.

Fontana Age Dependency

56.1

Age Dependency Ratio

11.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Fontana Sex Ratio

Female

105,561

50.52%

Male

103,382

49.48%

Fontana Households and Families

Fontana Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fontana Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.1%26.9%
All64.6%35.4%
Male55.5%44.5%
Non Family52.5%47.5%
Female50.1%49.9%

64.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All53,5103.8964.6
Married31,9964.4373.1
Female9,6644.0150.1
Non Family7,9111.4852.5
Male3,9394.1455.5

4.17

Average Family Size

3.89

Average Household Size

6.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Fontana Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade16,58213.42%
9th to 12th Grade14,43511.69%
High School Graduate35,21828.51%
Some College28,54723.11%
Associates Degree7,6536.20%
Bachelors Degree15,78312.78%
Graduate Degree5,3074.30%
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Fontana Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic79,74352,3298,374
Other Race46,96529,7954,249
White21,44919,4694,915
Black10,6859,7532,566
Asian9,2428,6134,608
Multiple Races4,5693,870741
Native American811573103
Islander21721715

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 49.86%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,796$42,404$30,529
Less Than High School$25,090$29,603$18,006
High School Grad$31,975$38,816$25,226
Some College$40,871$51,735$32,895
Bachelors Degree$55,545$68,472$45,219
Graduate Degree$71,197$90,903$65,664

$36,796

Average Earnings

$42,404

Average Male

$30,529

Average Female

Fontana Language

Fontana Language by Age

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Fontana Language

41.62% of Fontana residents speak only English, while 58.38% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 51.71% of the population.

Fontana Poverty

Fontana Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic143,75422,69015.78%
Other83,60715,00717.95%
White28,6422,8349.89%
Black17,6792,16112.22%
Multiple9,7468378.59%
Asian13,2278336.30%
Native1,4011309.28%
Islander3719625.88%

13.87%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.65%

Male Poverty Rate

15.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fontana

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fontana is Islander, with 25.88% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fontana is Asian, with 6.30% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.77%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.05%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.51%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School19.51%
High School12.00%
Some College7.08%
Bachelors or Greater4.63%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed28.93%
Female Unemployed27.35%
Female Employed7.02%
Male Employed5.98%

Fontana Income

Fontana Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$70,789$84,716
Families$73,658$86,680
Married Families$85,918$97,493
Non Families$44,131$57,596
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Fontana Marital Status

Fontana Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.4%

Male Marriage Rate

45.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Fontana Married by Age and Sex

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Fontana Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Fontana Marital Status by Race

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Fontana Veterans

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4,545

Number of Veterans

4,207

Male Veterans

338

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,531
First Gulf War1,229
Second Gulf War1,041
Korea168
World War II167
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,421
65 to 741,112
55 to 64781
18 to 34632
75+599
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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6854.53%
Hispanic2,0612.08%
Other8631.47%
Black6124.58%
2 or More2033.44%
Asian1671.60%
Indian151.40%

Fontana Veterans by Education

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6.70%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.41%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fontana Employment Status

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66.3%

Labor Force Participation

61.3%

Employment Rate

7.4%

Unemployment Rate

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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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64.19%

Born in California

72.88%

Native Born

27.12%

Foreign Born

14.22%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

72.88% of Fontana residents were born in the United States, with 64.19% having been born in California. 14.22% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020218,5732,4171.12%
2019216,1562,4171.13%
2018213,7392,3511.11%
2017211,3882,4171.16%
2016208,9712,5941.26%
2015206,3772,2251.09%
2014204,1521,3480.66%
2013202,8041,5090.75%
2012201,2951,3790.69%
2011199,9162,5741.30%
2010197,34268,4134.35%
2000128,92941,3943.95%
199087,53550,5449.00%
198036,99116,3185.99%
197020,6736,0143.50%
196014,65910,1596.08%
19404,5000.00%