Huntington Beach, California Population 2020

201,941

Huntington Beach is a city located in Orange County, California. With a 2020 population of 201,941, it is the 24th largest city in California and the 120th largest city in the United States. Huntington Beach is currently growing at a rate of 0.32% annually and its population has increased by 6.29% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 189,992 in 2010. Spanning over 28 miles, Huntington Beach has a population density of 7,479 people per square mile.

The average household income in Huntington Beach is $119,476 with a poverty rate of 8.78%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,832 per month, and the median house value is $728,200. The median age in Huntington Beach is 41.8 years, 40.5 years for males, and 43.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.5 males.

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: 72.35%
  • Asian: 12.14%
  • Other race: 7.71%
  • Two or more races: 5.41%
  • Black or African American: 1.41%
  • Native American: 0.57%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.41%
The current population of Huntington Beach, California is 201,941, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 200,641. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 189,992.

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White145,14572.35%
Asian24,36112.14%
Some Other Race15,4727.71%
Two or More Races10,8465.41%
Black or African American2,8281.41%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,1340.57%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander8200.41%

Huntington Beach Population Pyramid 2020

Huntington Beach Median Age

41.8


Total

40.5


Male

43.2


Female

Huntington Beach Adults

There are 161,368 adults, (34,002 of whom are seniors) in Huntington Beach.

Huntington Beach Age Dependency

57.5

Age Dependency Ratio

26.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Huntington Beach Sex Ratio

Female

99,544

49.62%

Male

101,062

50.38%

Huntington Beach Households and Families

Huntington Beach Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Huntington Beach Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.7%29.3%
All57.8%42.2%
Non Family46.8%53.2%
Female42.8%57.2%
Male42.1%57.9%

57.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All76,8212.657.8
Married37,5883.2470.7
Non Family26,9611.3946.8
Female8,2633.342.8
Male4,0093.2742.1

3.15

Average Family Size

2.6

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Huntington Beach Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5,1933.55%
9th to 12th Grade5,8003.97%
High School Graduate23,71216.22%
Some College35,31824.16%
Associates Degree13,4959.23%
Bachelors Degree39,18226.81%
Graduate Degree23,46116.05%

Huntington Beach Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White97,01893,31943,493
Hispanic23,90418,4295,571
Asian18,42816,85010,517
Other Race9,8077,1302,015
Multiple Races4,4484,1531,999
Black1,9741,878675
Native American705601172
Islander656599274

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.19%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 57.07%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$52,300$62,105$43,104
Less Than High School$21,256$25,365$18,029
High School Grad$35,869$41,199$29,059
Some College$43,013$52,397$36,403
Bachelors Degree$68,530$82,311$54,620
Graduate Degree$89,136$103,953$76,696

$52,300

Average Earnings

$62,105

Average Male

$43,104

Average Female

Huntington Beach Language

Huntington Beach Language by Age

Huntington Beach Language

77.39% of Huntington Beach residents speak only English, while 22.61% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.94% of the population.

Huntington Beach Poverty

Huntington Beach Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White123,5958,5306.90%
Hispanic39,8886,12015.34%
Other15,4052,89318.78%
Asian24,2622,2139.12%
Multiple10,7816776.28%
Black2,7502659.64%
Native1,0781029.46%
Islander820182.20%

8.78%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.86%

Male Poverty Rate

8.69%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Huntington Beach

The race most likely to be in poverty in Huntington Beach is Other, with 18.78% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Huntington Beach is Islander, with 2.20% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.95%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 13.92%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.51%
High School9.57%
Some College7.14%
Bachelors or Greater3.88%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed20.21%
Female Unemployed18.02%
Male Employed5.53%
Female Employed4.64%

Huntington Beach Income

Huntington Beach Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$91,318$119,476
Families$106,305$137,878
Married Families$122,200$155,446
Non Families$61,741$80,802

Huntington Beach Marital Status

Huntington Beach Marital Status

Marriage Rates

48.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.1%

Male Marriage Rate

48.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Huntington Beach Married by Age and Sex

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

Huntington Beach Veterans

10,579

Number of Veterans

9,884

Male Veterans

695

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,693
First Gulf War1,823
Second Gulf War1,547
Korea1,381
World War II441
Name Veterans % of Total
White8,6237.18%
Hispanic1,3404.75%
Asian7163.57%
Other5594.90%
Black26611.62%
2 or More2123.61%
Hawaiian13920.50%
Indian647.11%

$Huntington Beach Veterans by Education

5.76%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.03%

Veteran Disability Rate

Huntington Beach Employment Status

66.7%

Labor Force Participation

63.8%

Employment Rate

4.3%

Unemployment Rate

Huntington Beach 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

59.03%

Born in California

83.83%

Native Born

16.17%

Foreign Born

5.91%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

83.83% of Huntington Beach residents were born in the United States, with 59.03% having been born in California. 5.91% 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
2020201,9416500.32%
2019201,2916500.32%
2018200,641-550-0.27%
2017201,1916500.32%
2016200,541-314-0.16%
2015200,8551,0980.55%
2014199,7572,5451.29%
2013197,2122,9751.53%
2012194,2371,2270.64%
2011193,0101,7070.89%
2010191,3031,7090.09%
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%