Fontana, California Population 2023

212,089

Fontana is a city located in San Bernardino County California. With a 2023 population of 212,089, it is the 21st largest city in California and the 117th largest city in the United States.Fontana is currently growing at a rate of 0.58% annually and its population has increased by 1.77% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 208,393 in 2020. Spanning over 43 miles, Fontana has a population density of 4,924 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fontana is $88,073 with a poverty rate of 15.24%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Fontana is 31.2 years, 29.3 years for males, and 33.1 years for females.

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: 39.27%
  • White: 35.82%
  • Two or more races: 8.77%
  • Black or African American: 8.34%
  • Asian: 6.64%
  • Native American: 0.89%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.27%
The current population of Fontana, California is 212,089 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 208,393.

Fontana, California Population 2023

Population by Race

Other race

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Fontana Population by Race

Fontana Population Pyramid 2023

Fontana Median Age

31.2

Total

29.3

Male

33.1

Female

Fontana Adults

There are 151,214 adults, (17,492 of whom are seniors) in Fontana.

Fontana Age Dependency

59.1

Age Dependency Ratio

13.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46

Child Dependency Ratio

Fontana Sex Ratio

Female106,59250.11%
Male106,11249.89%

Fontana Population by Age

Fontana Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

4.1

Average Family Size

3.83

Average Household Size

66.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Fontana Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Fontana Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fontana Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 81.61%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 42.23%.

Fontana Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$40,150

Average Earnings

$45,060

Average Male

$32,458

Average Female

Fontana Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fontana Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Fontana Language

43.66% of Fontana residents speak only English, while 56.34% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 49.76% of the population.

Fontana Language

Fontana Poverty by Race

rate

15.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.14%

Male Poverty Rate

12.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fontana

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fontana is Black, with 26.55% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fontana is Multiple, with 7.01% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.62%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.02%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.04%.

Fontana Poverty

Fontana Poverty Rate by Education

Fontana Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fontana Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Fontana Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.5%

Male Marriage Rate

46.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Fontana Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Fontana Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

5,404

Number of Veterans

4,955

Male Veterans

449

Female Veterans

Fontana Veterans by War

Fontana Veterans by Age

count

Fontana Veterans by Race

Fontana Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.13%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fontana Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

66.1%

Labor Force Participation

62.1%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Fontana Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Fontana Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Fontana Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

66.96%

Born in Fontana

75.54%

Native Born

26.53%

Foreign Born

13.1%

Non Citizen

13.43%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.54% of Fontana residents were born in the United States, with 66.96% having been born in California. 13.1% 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

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Fontana Population by Year