Fullerton, California Population 2022

145,309
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Fullerton is a city located in Orange County California. With a 2020 population of 145,309, it is the 41st largest city in California and the 197th largest city in the United States. Fullerton is currently growing at a rate of 0.59% annually and its population has increased by 1.18% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 143,617 in 2020. Spanning over 22 miles, Fullerton has a population density of 6,478 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fullerton is $106,314 with a poverty rate of 12.65%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,718 per month, and the median house value is $667,300. The median age in Fullerton is 35.4 years, 34.1 years for males, and 37.1 years for females.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Fullerton Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fullertonwas:

  • White: 56.22%
  • Asian: 23.88%
  • Other race: 9.80%
  • Two or more races: 7.24%
  • Black or African American: 2.17%
  • Native American: 0.42%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.27%
The current population of Fullerton, California is 145,309 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 143,617.

Fullerton, California Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White79,30056.22%
Black or African American3,0552.17%
American Indian and Alaska Native5970.42%
Asian33,68523.88%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3810.27%
Some Other Race13,8269.80%
Two or More Races10,2177.24%
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Fullerton Population by Race

Fullerton Population Pyramid 2022

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Fullerton Median Age

35.2


Total

34.3


Male

36.5


Female

Fullerton Adults

There are 108,410 adults, (18,635 of whom are seniors) in Fullerton.

Fullerton Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

20.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Fullerton Sex Ratio

Female

71,037

50.36%

Male

70,024

49.64%

Fullerton Population by Age

Fullerton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fullerton Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married65.4%34.6%
All53.7%46.3%
Non Family40.3%59.7%
Male39.7%60.3%
Female38.4%61.6%

53.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fullerton Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All45,0923.0553.7
Married24,5183.6465.4
Male2,4433.8939.7
Female5,0633.7838.4
Non Family13,0681.5140.3

3.56

Average Family Size

3.05

Average Household Size

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Fullerton Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,1335.53%
9th to 12th Grade4,4254.77%
High School Graduate16,51717.80%
Some College18,94820.42%
Associates Degree7,9788.60%
Bachelors Degree25,11927.07%
Graduate Degree14,66015.80%
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Fullerton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fullerton Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian23,63722,60715,671
White36,41435,39317,247
Black2,1632,047788
Native American489429149
2+ Races4,7494,0181,424
Islander32332379
Hispanic28,06620,7095,025
Other Race7,8195,5911,285

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 66.30%.

Fullerton Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$47,358$54,434$39,091
Less Than 9th Grade$23,757$28,506$19,176
High School Graduate$30,123$35,154$22,478
Some College$43,412$52,297$35,004
Bachelors Degree$61,553$77,910$51,725
Graduate Degree$85,954$106,671$67,239

$47,358

Average Earnings

$54,434

Average Male

$39,091

Average Female

Fullerton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fullerton Language by Age

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Fullerton Language

55.09% of Fullerton residents speak only English, while 44.91% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 24.03% of the population.

Fullerton Language

Fullerton Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black2,89968523.63%
Hispanic50,96610,29320.20%
Multiple10,0981,21312.01%
Islander3774311.41%
Native5976510.89%
White46,4263,6907.95%
Asian33,1062,6017.86%
Other4,392NaN%

12.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.65%

Male Poverty Rate

13.65%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fullerton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fullerton is Black, with 23.63% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fullerton is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.09%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.20%.

Fullerton Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.55%
High School11.87%
Some College8.79%
Bachelors or Greater5.62%

Fullerton Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed5.33%
Male Unemployed20.48%
Female Employed7.06%
Female Unemployed34.66%

Fullerton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fullerton Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$85,471$115,168
Families$102,290$126,913
Married Families$122,283$145,082
Non Families$53,562$79,672
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Income by Household Type

Fullerton Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.3%

Male Marriage Rate

47.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Fullerton Married by Age and Sex

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Fullerton 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.

Fullerton Marital Status by Race

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Fullerton Marital Status

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4,660

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War855
First Gulf War671
Vietnam1,370
Korea569
World War II296

Fullerton Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34473
35 to 54863
55 to 64967
65 to 74823
75+1,534

Fullerton Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,4515.52%
Black2188.07%
Native American407.55%
Asian4981.88%
Other Race2622.72%
2+ Races1913.06%
Hispanic9542.70%

Fullerton Veterans by Race

Fullerton Veterans by Education

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6.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.83%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fullerton Veterans by Education

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65.4%

Labor Force Participation

60.9%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Fullerton Employment by Age

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Fullerton Employment by Race

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Fullerton 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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56.91%

Born in Fullerton

71.26%

Native Born

28.74%

Foreign Born

12.40%

Non Citizen

16.35%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

71.26% of Fullerton residents were born in the United States, with 56.91% having been born in California. 12.40% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Fullerton Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19002000.00%
19101,7251,52524.04%
19204,4152,6909.85%
193010,8606,4459.42%
194010,442-418-0.39%
195013,9583,5162.94%
196056,18042,22214.94%
197085,98729,8074.35%
1980102,24616,2591.75%
1990114,14411,8981.11%
2000126,00311,8590.99%
2010135,1619,1580.70%
2011136,0078460.63%
2012136,8538460.62%
2013137,6998460.62%
2014138,5458460.61%
2015139,3918460.61%
2016140,2378460.61%
2017141,0838460.60%
2018141,9298460.60%
2019142,7758460.60%
2020143,6178420.59%
2021144,4638460.59%
2022145,3098460.59%

Fullerton Population by Year