Fullerton, California Population 2020

138,200

Fullerton is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 138,200, it is the 43rd largest city in California and the 200th largest city in the United States. Fullerton is currently declining at a rate of -0.52% annually but its population has increased by 2.25% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 135,161 in 2010. Fullerton reached it's highest population of 140,648 in 2016. Spanning over 22 miles, Fullerton has a population density of 6,161 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fullerton is $100,865 with a poverty rate of 13.39%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,563 per month, and the median house value is $625,800. The median age in Fullerton is 35.3 years, 33.9 years for males, and 37 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.6 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: 56.07%
  • Asian: 24.61%
  • Other race: 11.03%
  • Two or more races: 4.87%
  • Black or African American: 2.67%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.38%
  • Native American: 0.37%
The current population of Fullerton, California is 138,200, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 139,640.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 135,161.

Fullerton, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White78,41656.07%
Asian34,42124.61%
Some Other Race15,42411.03%
Two or More Races6,8104.87%
Black or African American3,7362.67%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5360.38%
American Indian and Alaska Native5230.37%

Fullerton Population Pyramid 2020

Fullerton Median Age

35.3


Total

33.9


Male

37


Female

Fullerton Adults

There are 109,320 adults, (18,229 of whom are seniors) in Fullerton.

Fullerton Age Dependency

53.5

Age Dependency Ratio

20

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Fullerton Sex Ratio

Female

70,439

50.36%

Male

69,427

49.64%

Fullerton Households and Families

Fullerton Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fullerton Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married66%34%
All51.7%48.3%
Female37.8%62.2%
Non Family36.7%63.3%
Male33.4%66.6%

51.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All45,7822.9851.7
Married23,4973.5666
Non Family13,9631.5336.7
Female5,6073.7337.8
Male2,7153.8633.4

3.49

Average Family Size

2.98

Average Household Size

6.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fullerton Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,3306.91%
9th to 12th Grade5,4825.98%
High School Graduate16,21317.69%
Some College18,59420.29%
Associates Degree7,3007.96%
Bachelors Degree24,05526.24%
Graduate Degree13,68914.93%

Fullerton Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White34,40033,08015,976
Hispanic28,29419,4424,529
Asian24,28522,87315,481
Other Race8,5505,7161,148
Multiple Races2,6862,367985
Black2,4752,382846
Native American434382146
Islander351351110

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 63.75%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,582$48,745$35,101
Less Than High School$22,355$27,210$18,049
High School Grad$27,377$30,925$22,436
Some College$38,266$46,433$32,301
Bachelors Degree$57,028$69,674$46,619
Graduate Degree$78,834$91,717$68,806

$41,582

Average Earnings

$48,745

Average Male

$35,101

Average Female

Fullerton Language

Fullerton Language by Age

Fullerton Language

53.21% of Fullerton residents speak only English, while 46.79% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.21% of the population.

Fullerton Poverty

Fullerton Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic51,0499,37918.37%
White44,0353,9308.92%
Asian33,9203,91511.54%
Other15,2213,83725.21%
Black3,56590125.27%
Multiple6,7044957.38%
Native523356.69%
Islander536213.92%

13.39%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.43%

Male Poverty Rate

14.34%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fullerton

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fullerton is Black, with 25.27% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fullerton is Islander, with 3.92% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.86%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.60%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.20%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School18.76%
High School13.29%
Some College7.54%
Bachelors or Greater6.14%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed31.42%
Male Unemployed19.35%
Female Employed8.56%
Male Employed5.08%

Fullerton Income

Fullerton Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$73,360$100,865
Families$86,877$116,168
Married Families$106,607$134,809
Non Families$47,937$60,181

Fullerton Marital Status

Fullerton Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.4%

Male Marriage Rate

45.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Fullerton Married by Age and Sex

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

Fullerton Veterans

4,866

Number of Veterans

4,584

Male Veterans

282

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,492
Second Gulf War794
Korea747
First Gulf War699
World War II513
Age Group Veterans
75+1,700
65 to 741,044
35 to 54882
55 to 64820
18 to 34420
Name Veterans % of Total
White3,7005.86%
Hispanic1,0783.02%
Asian4151.51%
Black36611.37%
2 or More1764.58%
Other1721.61%
Indian378.53%

$Fullerton Veterans by Education

7.57%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.40%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fullerton Employment Status

65.4%

Labor Force Participation

60.7%

Employment Rate

7.1%

Unemployment Rate

Fullerton Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

55.25%

Born in California

69.87%

Native Born

30.13%

Foreign Born

14.60%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

69.87% of Fullerton residents were born in the United States, with 55.25% having been born in California. 14.60% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020138,200-720-0.52%
2019138,920-720-0.52%
2018139,640-288-0.21%
2017139,928-720-0.51%
2016140,6485170.37%
2015140,1311,1820.85%
2014138,9492330.17%
2013138,7165630.41%
2012138,1531,7521.28%
2011136,4011,1020.81%
2010135,2999,2960.71%
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%