Fontana, California Population 2021

217,237
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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: 41.38%
  • White: 37.33%
  • Black or African American: 8.84%
  • Asian: 6.59%
  • Two or more races: 5.01%
  • Native American: 0.70%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.15%
The current population of Fontana, California is 217,237based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 213,202.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 196,069.

Fontana, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race87,20441.38%
White78,68237.33%
Black or African American18,6348.84%
Asian13,8936.59%
Two or More Races10,5595.01%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,4730.70%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3140.15%
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Fontana Population By Race

Fontana Population Pyramid 2021

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Fontana Median Age

31


Total

29.3


Male

32.7


Female

Fontana Adults

There are 150,423 adults, (16,448 of whom are seniors) in Fontana.

Fontana Age Dependency

57.3

Age Dependency Ratio

12.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45

Child Dependency Ratio

Fontana Sex Ratio

Mujer

105,644

50.13%

Masculino

105,115

49.87%

Fontana Population by Age

Fontana Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fontana Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.5%26.5%
All65.5%34.5%
Masculino58.2%41.8%
Non Family53.4%46.6%
Mujer50.9%49.1%

65.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fontana Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All54,5583.8565.5
Married32,9784.3773.5
Mujer9,7203.9750.9
Non Family7,8571.4453.4
Masculino4,0034.0158.2

4.12

Average Family Size

3.85

Average Household Size

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Fontana Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade16,14612.91%
9th to 12th Grade14,44711.55%
High School Graduate35,51928.40%
Some College28,80723.03%
Associates Degree7,5746.06%
Bachelors Degree17,03513.62%
Graduate Degree5,5434.43%
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Fontana Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fontana Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic81,38253,9738,957
Other Race49,20931,5344,762
White20,38618,7164,895
Black11,03410,3362,862
Asian9,7829,0895,120
2+ Races4,4553,781863
Native American91672699
Islander16816810

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 52.34%.

Fontana Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$38,677$44,056$31,382
Less Than 9th Grade$26,682$33,707$20,054
High School Graduate$34,049$41,434$25,682
Some College$41,007$51,002$34,700
Bachelors Degree$55,995$67,175$46,561
Graduate Degree$71,200$82,308$65,568

$38,677

Average Earnings

$44,056

Average Male

$31,382

Average Female

Fontana Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fontana Language by Age

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Fontana Language

41.86% of Fontana residents speak only English, while 58.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 51.30% of the population.

Fontana Language

Fontana Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic145,75721,19314.54%
Other86,51313,98416.16%
White26,9732,4969.25%
Black18,3562,47013.46%
Multiple10,4358898.52%
Asian13,8667205.19%
Native1,46415510.59%
Islander3143812.10%

12.96%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.16%

Male Poverty Rate

13.75%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fontana

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fontana is Other, with 16.16% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fontana is Asian, with 5.19% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.09%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.12%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.53%.

Fontana Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade17.51%
High School10.86%
Some College7.32%
Bachelors or Greater3.96%

Fontana Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed26.53%
Female Unemployed24.31%
Female Employed6.12%
Male Employed5.31%

Fontana Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fontana Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$72,918$88,073
Families$76,034$89,808
Married Families$88,520$100,735
Non Families$46,027$63,096
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Income by Household Type

Fontana Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

47.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.9%

Male Marriage Rate

46.1%

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 Marital Status

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5,150

Number of Veterans

4,781

Male Veterans

369

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,692
First Gulf War1,518
Second Gulf War1,471
Korea170
World War II149

Fontana Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,834
65 to 741,113
55 to 64876
75+678
18 to 34649

Fontana Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,5324.41%
Hispanic2,3772.36%
Other Race1,1161.82%
Black9456.96%
2+ Races3125.51%
Asian1641.50%
Native American817.60%

Fontana Veterans by Race

Fontana Veterans by Education

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6.25%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fontana Veterans by Education

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66.5%

Labor Force Participation

61.8%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Fontana Employment by Age

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Fontana Employment by Race

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Fontana 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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64.53%

Born in Fontana

73.18%

Native Born

26.82%

Foreign Born

13.96%

Non Citizen

12.86%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

73.18% of Fontana residents were born in the United States, with 64.53% having been born in California. 13.96% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Fontana Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021217,2371,3450.62%
2020215,8921,3450.63%
2019214,5471,3450.63%
2018213,2022,0800.99%
2017211,1222,4041.15%
2016208,7182,5551.24%
2015206,1632,1911.07%
2014203,9721,3020.64%
2013202,6701,4580.72%
2012201,2121,3320.67%
2011199,8802,5631.30%
2010197,31768,3884.35%
2000128,92941,3943.95%
199087,53550,5449.00%
198036,99116,3185.99%
197020,6736,0143.50%
196014,65910,1596.08%
19404,5000.00%

Fontana Population by Year