Fullerton, California Population 2021

137,350
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Fullerton is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 137,350, it is the 42nd largest city in California and the 200th largest city in the United States. Fullerton is currently declining at a rate of -0.46% annually but its population has increased by 1.62% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 135,161 in 2010. Fullerton reached it's highest population of 140,454 in 2016. Spanning over 22 miles, Fullerton has a population density of 6,123 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fullerton is $106,314 with a poverty rate of 12.32%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,669 per month, and the median house value is $650,000. The median age in Fullerton is 35.4 years, 34.1 years for males, and 37.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 99.3 males.

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 Fullerton was:

  • White: 58.29%
  • Asian: 24.28%
  • Other race: 9.19%
  • Two or more races: 5.09%
  • Black or African American: 2.49%
  • Native American: 0.38%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.28%
The current population of Fullerton, California is 137,350, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 139,273.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 135,161.

Fullerton, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White81,37958.29%
Asian33,89724.28%
Some Other Race12,8349.19%
Two or More Races7,1115.09%
Black or African American3,4742.49%
American Indian and Alaska Native5260.38%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3900.28%
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Fullerton Population by Race

Fullerton Population Pyramid 2021

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Fullerton Median Age

35.4


Total

34.1


Male

37.1


Female

Fullerton Adults

There are 109,131 adults, (18,561 of whom are seniors) in Fullerton.

Fullerton Age Dependency

54.1

Age Dependency Ratio

20.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Fullerton Sex Ratio

Female

70,052

50.18%

Male

69,559

49.82%

Fullerton Population by Age

Fullerton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fullerton Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married65.3%34.7%
All52.2%47.8%
Female38.8%61.2%
Non Family37.9%62.1%
Male36.2%63.8%

52.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fullerton Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All45,8142.9752.2
Married23,8553.5765.3
Non Family13,8181.5137.9
Female5,5883.6338.8
Male2,5533.8636.2

3.49

Average Family Size

2.97

Average Household Size

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Fullerton Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,8146.28%
9th to 12th Grade5,4195.85%
High School Graduate16,30217.61%
Some College18,73420.23%
Associates Degree7,0457.61%
Bachelors Degree24,75826.74%
Graduate Degree14,52115.68%
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Fullerton Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fullerton Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White35,23133,97616,652
Hispanic28,26519,8444,605
Asian24,35323,01316,133
Other Race7,4115,0731,126
Multiple Races2,8462,5921,084
Black2,3612,252840
Native American472398146
Islander307307112

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 66.25%.

Fullerton Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$45,422$52,249$36,967
Less Than High School$24,714$28,794$20,077
High School Grad$28,654$30,994$25,320
Some College$42,154$51,460$34,311
Bachelors Degree$60,321$75,261$48,609
Graduate Degree$84,142$100,612$71,589

$45,422

Average Earnings

$52,249

Average Male

$36,967

Average Female

Fullerton Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fullerton Language by Age

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Fullerton Language

53.84% of Fullerton residents speak only English, while 46.16% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 24.96% of the population.

Fullerton Language

Fullerton Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic50,9429,02417.71%
White44,5703,7198.34%
Other12,6523,07124.27%
Asian33,2842,9538.87%
Black3,31495128.70%
Multiple7,0256649.45%
Islander3904912.56%
Native526377.03%

12.32%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.58%

Male Poverty Rate

13.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fullerton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fullerton is Black, with 28.70% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fullerton is Native, with 7.03% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.65%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.90%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.77%.

Fullerton Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School18.56%
High School11.68%
Some College7.51%
Bachelors or Greater5.68%

Fullerton Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed28.99%
Male Unemployed19.92%
Female Employed7.06%
Male Employed5.11%

Fullerton Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fullerton Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$79,978$106,314
Families$95,136$121,911
Married Families$113,884$140,656
Non Families$51,702$64,747
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Income by Household Type

Fullerton Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

47.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.4%

Male Marriage Rate

46.5%

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 Over 65, 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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4,888

Number of Veterans

4,593

Male Veterans

295

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,512
Second Gulf War862
First Gulf War719
Korea627
World War II413

Fullerton Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,634
65 to 74983
35 to 54981
55 to 64897
18 to 34393

Fullerton Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,7355.77%
Hispanic1,0152.88%
Asian4571.67%
Black33810.91%
2 or More1804.54%
Other1511.66%
Indian275.51%

Fullerton Veterans by Race

Fullerton Veterans by Education

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6.41%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.48%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fullerton Veterans by Education

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65.9%

Labor Force Participation

61.6%

Employment Rate

6.5%

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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55.28%

Born in California

70.01%

Native Born

29.99%

Foreign Born

13.93%

Non Citizen

16.05%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

70.01% of Fullerton residents were born in the United States, with 55.28% having been born in California. 13.93% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Fullerton Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021137,350-641-0.46%
2020137,991-641-0.46%
2019138,632-641-0.46%
2018139,273-471-0.34%
2017139,744-710-0.51%
2016140,4544720.34%
2015139,9821,1420.82%
2014138,8402030.15%
2013138,6375340.39%
2012138,1031,7171.26%
2011136,3861,0950.81%
2010135,2919,2880.71%
2000126,00311,8590.99%
1990114,14411,8981.11%
1980102,24616,2591.75%
197085,98729,8074.35%
196056,18042,22214.94%
195013,9583,5162.94%
194010,442-418-0.39%
193010,8606,4459.42%
19204,4152,6909.85%
19101,7251,52524.04%
19002000.00%

Fullerton Population by Year