Garden Grove, California Population 2021

170,542
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Garden Grove is a city located in Orange County California. With a 2020 population of 170,542, 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 -0.32% annually and its population has decreased by -0.20% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 170,883 in 2010. Garden Grove reached it's highest population of 174,571 in 2016. Spanning over 18 miles, Garden Grove has a population density of 9,497 people per square mile.

The average household income in Garden Grove is $87,267 with a poverty rate of 14.01%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,590 per month, and the median house value is $554,400. The median age in Garden Grove is 38.5 years, 37.7 years for males, and 39.5 years for females.

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: 41.20%
  • White: 40.28%
  • Other race: 14.36%
  • Two or more races: 2.32%
  • Black or African American: 1.01%
  • Native American: 0.50%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.33%
The current population of Garden Grove, California is 170,542 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 172,195.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 170,883.

Garden Grove, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Asian71,38641.20%
White69,79540.28%
Some Other Race24,87614.36%
Two or More Races4,0182.32%
Black or African American1,7451.01%
American Indian and Alaska Native8740.50%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5640.33%
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Garden Grove Population by Race

Garden Grove Population Pyramid $2021

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Garden Grove Median Age

38.5


Total

37.7


Male

39.5


Female

Garden Grove Adults

There are 136,209 adults, (24,700 of whom are seniors) in Garden Grove.

Garden Grove Age Dependency

55.4

Age Dependency Ratio

22.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Garden Grove Sex Ratio

Female

86,978

50.20%

Male

86,280

49.80%

Garden Grove Population by Age

Garden Grove Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Garden Grove Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married59%41%
All53.2%46.8%
Non Family49.2%50.8%
Male43.9%56.1%
Female43%57%

53.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Garden Grove Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All47,7613.5853.2
Married26,2554.1459
Non Family10,3961.5349.2
Female7,0744.1443
Male4,0364.2743.9

3.94

Average Family Size

3.58

Average Household Size

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Garden Grove Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade16,08413.45%
9th to 12th Grade14,17911.86%
High School Graduate29,66224.81%
Some College24,72320.68%
Associates Degree8,2466.90%
Bachelors Degree20,15916.86%
Graduate Degree6,4875.43%
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Garden Grove Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Garden Grove Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian53,29239,17914,693
Hispanic36,03122,6073,802
White27,23324,8737,313
Other Race14,4508,4011,331
2+ Races1,8501,618624
Black1,2471,037294
Native American507400140
Islander3122878

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 91.99%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 33.73%.

Garden Grove Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,466$39,283$31,058
Less Than 9th Grade$24,298$29,838$17,439
High School Graduate$30,320$32,160$25,095
Some College$39,311$45,408$33,071
Bachelors Degree$50,264$55,498$45,109
Graduate Degree$67,823$71,315$66,898

$35,466

Average Earnings

$39,283

Average Male

$31,058

Average Female

Garden Grove Earnings by Educational Attainment

Garden Grove Language by Age

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Garden Grove Language

32.81% of Garden Grove residents speak only English, while 67.19% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 36.74% of the population.

Garden Grove Language

Garden Grove Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Asian71,02810,80115.21%
Hispanic62,6099,01414.40%
Other24,7824,16116.79%
White33,4703,47310.38%
Multiple4,0003077.67%
Black1,71429817.39%
Native87425929.63%
Islander556417.37%

14.01%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.56%

Male Poverty Rate

15.44%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Garden Grove

The race most likely to be in poverty in Garden Grove is Native, with 29.63% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Garden Grove is Islander, with 7.37% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.95%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.06%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.52%.

Garden Grove Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.25%
High School14.56%
Some College8.68%
Bachelors or Greater6.21%

Garden Grove Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed31.13%
Female Unemployed28.72%
Female Employed8.01%
Male Employed5.57%

Garden Grove Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Garden Grove Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$69,278$87,267
Families$73,642$90,629
Married Families$80,981$99,514
Non Families$44,488$59,479
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Income by Household Type

Garden Grove Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

48.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.0%

Male Marriage Rate

47.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Garden Grove Married by Age and Sex

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Garden Grove 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 35-44.

Garden Grove Marital Status by Race

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Garden Grove Marital Status

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4,818

Number of Veterans

4,514

Male Veterans

304

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,897
Second Gulf War897
First Gulf War653
Korea367
World War II223

Garden Grove Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,452
75+1,245
35 to 54829
55 to 64689
18 to 34603

Garden Grove Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3,2285.90%
Asian1,1041.88%
Hispanic7941.80%
Other Race2771.56%
2+ Races873.51%
Black846.04%
Native American213.53%
Islander173.88%

Garden Grove Veterans by Race

Garden Grove Veterans by Education

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9.50%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Garden Grove Veterans by Education

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63.8%

Labor Force Participation

60.9%

Employment Rate

4.5%

Unemployment Rate

Garden Grove Employment by Age

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Garden Grove Employment by Race

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Garden Grove 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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46.30%

Born in Garden Grove

55.66%

Native Born

44.34%

Foreign Born

14.96%

Non Citizen

29.37%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

55.66% of Garden Grove residents were born in the United States, with 46.30% having been born in California. 14.96% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Garden Grove Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021170,542-551-0.32%
2020171,093-551-0.32%
2019171,644-551-0.32%
2018172,195-1,227-0.71%
2017173,422-1,149-0.66%
2016174,5712280.13%
2015174,343-80-0.05%
2014174,42310.00%
2013174,4226130.35%
2012173,8098520.49%
2011172,9571,7761.04%
2010171,1815,9850.36%
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%

Garden Grove Population by Year