Garden Grove, California Population 2023

172,270

Garden Grove is a city located in Orange County California. With a 2023 population of 172,270, it is the 32nd largest city in California and the 164th largest city in the United States.Garden Grove is currently growing at a rate of 0.06% annually but its population has decreased by -0.31% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 172,800 in 2020. Spanning over 18 miles, Garden Grove has a population density of 9,593 people per square mile.

The average household income in Garden Grove is $87,267 with a poverty rate of 15.45%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Garden Grove is 39 years, 37.7 years for males, and 40.3 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: 42.06%
  • White: 38.85%
  • Other race: 12.58%
  • Two or more races: 4.87%
  • Black or African American: 0.94%
  • Native American: 0.49%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.21%
The current population of Garden Grove, California is 172,270 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 172,800.

Garden Grove, California Population 2023

Population by Race

Asian

White

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Garden Grove Population by Race

Garden Grove Population Pyramid 2023

Garden Grove Median Age

39

Total

37.7

Male

40.3

Female

Garden Grove Adults

There are 135,895 adults, (24,429 of whom are seniors) in Garden Grove.

Garden Grove Age Dependency

55

Age Dependency Ratio

21.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Garden Grove Sex Ratio

Female85,88249.70%
Male86,91850.30%

Garden Grove Population by Age

Garden Grove Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.91

Average Family Size

3.57

Average Household Size

53.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Garden Grove Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Garden Grove Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Garden Grove Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 82.69%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 24.84%.

Garden Grove Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$36,791

Average Earnings

$41,716

Average Male

$31,712

Average Female

Garden Grove Earnings by Educational Attainment

Garden Grove Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Garden Grove Language

33.61% of Garden Grove residents speak only English, while 66.39% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 37.91% of the population.

Garden Grove Language

Garden Grove Poverty by Race

rate

15.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.46%

Male Poverty Rate

14.32%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Garden Grove

The race most likely to be in poverty in Garden Grove is Other, with 19.17% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Garden Grove is Islander, with 5.78% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.68%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.62%.

Garden Grove Poverty

Garden Grove Poverty Rate by Education

Garden Grove Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Garden Grove Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Garden Grove Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.3%

Male Marriage Rate

46.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Garden Grove Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Garden Grove Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

4,935

Number of Veterans

4,571

Male Veterans

364

Female Veterans

Garden Grove Veterans by War

Garden Grove Veterans by Age

count

Garden Grove Veterans by Race

Garden Grove Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8.80%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Garden Grove Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64%

Labor Force Participation

60.8%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

Garden Grove Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Garden Grove Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Garden Grove Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

47.88%

Born in Garden Grove

56.54%

Native Born

43.95%

Foreign Born

14.45%

Non Citizen

29.51%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

56.54% of Garden Grove residents were born in the United States, with 47.88% having been born in California. 14.45% 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

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Garden Grove Population by Year