Huntington Beach, California Population 2021

197,417
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Huntington Beach is a city located in Orange County California. With a 2020 population of 197,417, it is the 23rd largest city in California and the 127th largest city in the United States . Huntington Beach is currently declining at a rate of -0.46% annually but its population has increased by 3.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 189,992 in 2010. Huntington Beach reached it's highest population of 200,938 in 2017. Spanning over 28 miles, Huntington Beach has a population density of 7,311 people per square mile.

The average household income in Huntington Beach is $123,582 with a poverty rate of 8.06%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,903 per month, and the median house value is $771,100. The median age in Huntington Beach is 42.4 years, 40.7 years for males, and 43.8 years for females.

Named for Henry Huntington, it’s Orange County’s most populous beach city and the 7th most populous city in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitan area. Known as the Surf City or HB.

Demographics

The foreign-born population of Huntington Beach is 16.6% or 33,500. The largest age group in Huntington Beach is 65 and over and it’s frequently named as one of the best places in the U.S. to retire. Huntington Beach has one of the country’s highest senior populations. Huntington Beach is also the second-most prosperous city in Southern California with 22.1% of its population earning more than $150,000 per year.

About 16% of the population in Huntington Beach are foreign-born versus 57% who were born in California.

Population Growth

California has the country’s worst poverty rate in the U.S. after adjusting for the cost of living thanks to its shortage of affordable housing. In 2019, the California Governor sued Huntington Beach for violating the state’s housing supply law in an attempt to create more housing in the city. While the lawsuit against the city argues that Huntington Beach has ignored a law requiring cities to zone land for new home construction, many residents feel that Huntington Beach is already growing too quickly. Despite a lack of housing, Huntington Beach is expected to continue its modest growth.

Originally inhabited by the Tongva or Grabrielinos, Huntington Beach’s settlement by Europeans began with Manuel Nieto, a Spanish soldier who received a Spanish land grant of 300,000 acres in reward for military service. His land was later reduced due a dispute with the Mission San Gabriel. The land was originally used to raise barley, horses, and cattle. By 1889, the region was known as the city of Shell Beach, then the town of Smeltzer. It later became Fairview then Pacific City after it was developed as a tourist destination. P.A. Stanton purchased 40 acres of beach along Main Street with a dream to build a coastal town on the Pacific Coast rivaling Atlantic City.

In 1909 Huntington Beach was incorporated but remained a very small seaside community until the oil boom in the 1920s after the discovery of what was then California’s largest oil deposit. Within a month, the town grew from 1,500 to 5,000 people. By the 1950s, oil derricks were cleaned out to make room for new houses and the population began to take off from 11,500 in 1960 to 115,900 in 1970.

Huntington Beach Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Huntington Beach was:

  • White: 71.13%
  • Asian: 12.20%
  • Other race: 8.56%
  • Two or more races: 5.68%
  • Black or African American: 1.42%
  • Native American: 0.51%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.50%
The current population of Huntington Beach, California is 197,417 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 200,126.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 189,992.

Huntington Beach, California Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White142,44971.13%
Asian24,43012.20%
Some Other Race17,1468.56%
Two or More Races11,3705.68%
Black or African American2,8461.42%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0240.51%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander9940.50%
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Huntington Beach Population by Race

Huntington Beach Population Pyramid $2021

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Huntington Beach Median Age

42.4


Total

40.7


Male

43.8


Female

Huntington Beach Adults

There are 161,817 adults, (35,237 of whom are seniors) in Huntington Beach.

Huntington Beach Age Dependency

58.2

Age Dependency Ratio

27.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Huntington Beach Sex Ratio

Female

99,602

49.74%

Male

100,657

50.26%

Huntington Beach Population by Age

Huntington Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Huntington Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married69.2%30.8%
All56.7%43.3%
Non Family45.6%54.4%
Female42.2%57.8%
Male40.9%59.1%

56.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Huntington Beach Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All76,9112.5956.7
Married37,9533.2369.2
Non Family26,8511.3745.6
Female8,1203.2842.2
Male3,9873.2840.9

3.14

Average Family Size

2.59

Average Household Size

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Huntington Beach Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,0673.45%
9th to 12th Grade5,5993.81%
High School Graduate24,65516.78%
Some College35,47724.15%
Associates Degree13,5599.23%
Bachelors Degree38,65526.31%
Graduate Degree23,89716.27%
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Huntington Beach Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Huntington Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White96,11692,53843,365
Hispanic24,67419,4555,449
Asian18,69917,03010,478
Other Race10,6487,8161,953
2+ Races5,2694,9212,370
Black2,0151,930719
Native American700630153
Islander690672296

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 97.39%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 56.04%.

Huntington Beach Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$53,121$62,505$44,121
Less Than 9th Grade$23,338$25,731$19,924
High School Graduate$35,881$42,278$30,264
Some College$44,449$52,500$37,543
Bachelors Degree$70,775$82,875$59,619
Graduate Degree$91,345$104,875$81,559

$53,121

Average Earnings

$62,505

Average Male

$44,121

Average Female

Huntington Beach Earnings by Educational Attainment

Huntington Beach Language by Age

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Huntington Beach Language

77.56% of Huntington Beach residents speak only English, while 22.44% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.55% of the population.

Huntington Beach Language

Huntington Beach Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White122,6748,1006.60%
Hispanic40,1965,14212.79%
Other17,1292,87816.80%
Asian24,3112,1128.69%
Multiple11,2996585.82%
Black2,75529010.53%
Native1,024706.84%
Islander923262.82%

8.06%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.66%

Male Poverty Rate

8.46%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Huntington Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Huntington Beach is Other, with 16.80% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Huntington Beach is Islander, with 2.82% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.66%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.29%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.82%.

Huntington Beach Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade24.17%
High School8.90%
Some College7.14%
Bachelors or Greater3.57%

Huntington Beach Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed23.74%
Female Unemployed18.49%
Female Employed4.42%
Male Employed4.41%

Huntington Beach Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Huntington Beach Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$95,046$123,582
Families$110,678$142,734
Married Families$127,631$160,661
Non Families$63,525$82,062
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Income by Household Type

Huntington Beach Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

48.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.6%

Male Marriage Rate

47.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Huntington Beach Married by Age and Sex

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Huntington Beach 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 35-44.

Huntington Beach Marital Status by Race

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Huntington Beach Marital Status

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10,145

Number of Veterans

9,524

Male Veterans

621

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,920
First Gulf War1,525
Second Gulf War1,405
Korea1,183
World War II382

Huntington Beach Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+3,127
65 to 743,053
35 to 541,856
55 to 641,348
18 to 34761

Huntington Beach Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White8,1336.86%
Hispanic1,3064.54%
Other Race5704.59%
Asian5672.81%
Black34214.36%
2+ Races3194.92%
Islander16721.89%
Native American475.08%

Huntington Beach Veterans by Race

Huntington Beach Veterans by Education

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5.16%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.26%

Veteran Disability Rate

Huntington Beach Veterans by Education

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67%

Labor Force Participation

64%

Employment Rate

4.3%

Unemployment Rate

Huntington Beach Employment by Age

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Huntington Beach Employment by Race

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Huntington Beach 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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58.72%

Born in Huntington Beach

83.86%

Native Born

16.14%

Foreign Born

5.71%

Non Citizen

10.43%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

83.86% of Huntington Beach residents were born in the United States, with 58.72% having been born in California. 5.71% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Huntington Beach Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021197,417-903-0.46%
2020198,320-903-0.45%
2019199,223-903-0.45%
2018200,126-812-0.40%
2017200,9386540.33%
2016200,284-369-0.18%
2015200,6531,0430.52%
2014199,6102,5031.27%
2013197,1072,9331.51%
2012194,1741,1790.61%
2011192,9951,6990.89%
2010191,2961,7020.09%
2000189,5948,0750.44%
1990181,51911,0140.63%
1980170,50554,5453.93%
1970115,960104,46826.01%
196011,4926,2558.18%
19505,2371,4993.43%
19403,738480.13%
19303,6902,0038.14%
19201,6878727.55%
19108150.00%

Huntington Beach Population by Year