Garden Grove, California Population 2020

170,328

Garden Grove is a city located in California. With a 2020 population of 170,328, it is the 31st largest city in California and the 156th largest city in the United States. Garden Grove is currently declining at a rate of -0.68% annually and its population has decreased by -0.32% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 170,883 in 2010. Garden Grove reached it's highest population of 174,805 in 2016. Spanning over 18 miles, Garden Grove has a population density of 9,485 people per square mile.

The average household income in Garden Grove is $82,954 with a poverty rate of 15.10%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,480 per month, and the median house value is $519,600. The median age in Garden Grove is 38.3 years, 37.1 years for males, and 39.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.0 males.

Garden Grove is located in Orange County, California about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Garden Grove is one of 24 cities and communities in Greater Los Angeles with a population of more than 100,000, ranking 9th in the metro area in terms of population.

Diversity

Garden Grove is an Asian majority city and it's 7th among top cities of at least 100,000 people with the highest percentage of Asian-Americans. Nine of the 10 cities on the list are in California but the top city is Honolulu, HI. Vietnamese Americans are the largest group of Asian-Americans in Garden Grove at 27.7% of the population. This is the second largest Vietnamese American population in the United States after Westminster, CA. Many Vietnamese Americans in Garden Grove came to California as refugees in the 1980s.

Population Growth

Garden Grove has grown steadily since the 1930s and this growth is expected to continue over the next decade although at a much slower rate. Garden Grove is projected to have a population of about 177,800 in 2030, up from 174,500 in 2019.

The area of Garden Grove was first explored by Europeans in 1769 by Gaspar de Portolá and it was part of Rancho Los Nietos, a Spanish land grant offered to Manuel Nieto in 1784. The modern city of Garden Grove was founded in 1874 by Alonzo Cook and remained a small rural town until the railroad reached the area in 1905. This railroad link allowed the town to flourish.

Garden Grove suffered two major disasters during the beginning of the 20th century: flooding left the city under several feet of water in 1916 then an earthquake destroyed most of the older areas of the city in 1933. Garden Grove became one of Southern California's fastest growing cities in large part due to servicemen stationed in Orange County making a home in the region after WWII.

Garden Grove Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Garden Grove was:

  • Asian: 40.48%
  • White: 40.03%
  • Other race: 15.70%
  • Two or more races: 2.10%
  • Black or African American: 0.99%
  • Native American: 0.48%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.22%
The current population of Garden Grove, California is 170,328, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 172,646.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 170,883.

Garden Grove, California Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Asian70,43740.48%
White69,65840.03%
Some Other Race27,31415.70%
Two or More Races3,6522.10%
Black or African American1,7210.99%
American Indian and Alaska Native8370.48%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3910.22%

Garden Grove Population Pyramid 2020

Garden Grove Median Age

38.3


Total

37.1


Male

39.6


Female

Garden Grove Adults

There are 136,182 adults, (23,319 of whom are seniors) in Garden Grove.

Garden Grove Age Dependency

54.2

Age Dependency Ratio

20.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Garden Grove Sex Ratio

Female

87,001

50.00%

Male

87,009

50.00%

Garden Grove Households and Families

Garden Grove Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Garden Grove Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married59.5%40.5%
All53.3%46.7%
Non Family48.8%51.2%
Female43.3%56.7%
Male41.4%58.6%

53.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All48,0313.5853.3
Married26,5144.1259.5
Non Family10,2741.5448.8
Female7,5134.1743.3
Male3,7304.1541.4

3.93

Average Family Size

3.58

Average Household Size

5.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Garden Grove Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade16,98314.29%
9th to 12th Grade13,60611.45%
High School Graduate29,28024.64%
Some College25,71421.64%
Associates Degree8,2286.92%
Bachelors Degree18,73615.77%
Graduate Degree6,2785.28%

Garden Grove Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Asian51,89737,79413,530
Hispanic36,33122,3263,541
White27,78025,4987,092
Other Race15,4168,9051,306
Multiple Races1,7371,566564
Black1,2541,082341
Native American46337088
Islander23323318

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 multiple races people with a rate of 32.47%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,008$36,966$30,108
Less Than High School$21,948$26,834$15,984
High School Grad$28,788$31,386$23,470
Some College$36,841$41,549$32,148
Bachelors Degree$50,812$58,229$44,560
Graduate Degree$72,716$80,365$70,634

$33,008

Average Earnings

$36,966

Average Male

$30,108

Average Female

Garden Grove Language

Garden Grove Language by Age

Garden Grove Language

32.70% of Garden Grove residents speak only English, while 67.30% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 36.18% of the population.

Garden Grove Poverty

Garden Grove Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian70,07011,39516.26%
Hispanic64,04210,45616.33%
Other27,1655,06818.66%
White34,0583,44910.13%
Multiple3,6323439.44%
Native83730536.44%
Black1,69025615.15%
Islander3844010.42%

15.10%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.79%

Male Poverty Rate

16.41%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Garden Grove

The race most likely to be in poverty in Garden Grove is Native, with 36.44% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Garden Grove is Multiple, with 9.44% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.55%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.01%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.87%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School20.52%
High School15.68%
Some College9.69%
Bachelors or Greater6.73%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed31.24%
Female Unemployed30.19%
Female Employed9.12%
Male Employed6.05%

Garden Grove Income

Garden Grove Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$65,591$82,954
Families$69,298$85,803
Married Families$76,045$94,120
Non Families$41,695$58,407

Garden Grove Marital Status

Garden Grove Marital Status

Marriage Rates

48.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.8%

Male Marriage Rate

47.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Garden Grove Married by Age and Sex

Garden Grove 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 35-44.

Garden Grove Marital Status by Race

Garden Grove Veterans

4,620

Number of Veterans

4,297

Male Veterans

323

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,748
Second Gulf War868
First Gulf War516
Korea506
World War II206
Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,318
75+1,248
35 to 54720
55 to 64711
18 to 34623
Name Veterans % of Total
White3,3066.04%
Asian8701.51%
Hispanic7371.64%
Other2081.08%
2 or More1094.85%
Black846.11%
Indian244.41%
Hawaiian196.55%

$Garden Grove Veterans by Education

9.47%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.82%

Veteran Disability Rate

Garden Grove Employment Status

63.6%

Labor Force Participation

60.3%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Garden Grove 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

45.90%

Born in California

55.32%

Native Born

44.68%

Foreign Born

15.85%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

55.32% of Garden Grove residents were born in the United States, with 45.90% having been born in California. 15.85% 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
2020170,328-1,159-0.68%
2019171,487-1,159-0.67%
2018172,646-1,000-0.58%
2017173,646-1,159-0.66%
2016174,8052830.16%
2015174,522-34-0.02%
2014174,556380.02%
2013174,5186520.38%
2012173,8668950.52%
2011172,9711,7851.04%
2010171,1865,9900.36%
2000165,19622,1461.45%
1990143,05019,7431.50%
1980123,3072,1520.18%
1970121,15536,9173.70%
196084,23880,47636.46%
19503,7621,3624.60%
19402,4000.00%