Patterson, California Population 2024

23,873

Patterson is a city located in Stanislaus County California. Patterson has a 2024 population of 23,873. Patterson is currently growing at a rate of 0.08% annually and its population has increased by 0.36% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 23,788 in 2020.

The average household income in Patterson is $104,723 with a poverty rate of 7.84%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Patterson is 30.4 years, 28.4 years for males, and 32.1 years for females.

The city of Patterson, also known as the “Apricot Capital of the World,” is located in Stanislaus County, California and is part of the Modesto Metropolitan Statistical Area which has a population of about 515,000. Patterson is located about 17 miles southwest of Modesto.

Population Statistics

31 years of age is the median in Patterson which makes it younger than the U.S. median of 38. 53% of the population over 15 years of age in Patterson are married, 51% are fluent English speakers and 43% are fluent in Spanish. 64% of Patterson’s residents were born in California, 12% were born out of state, 2% were born outside of the United States, and 22% were registered foreign born.

Population Growth

In 1920, one year after Patterson was incorporated, the population stood at a mere 694. This had reached 1,000 by 1940, and by 1970 had reached over 3,000. The 1980s saw a more than doubling of the population from 3,908 in 1980 to 8,626 in 1990. The ten years between the year 2000 and 2010 saw the population almost double, from 11,606 in 2000 to 20,521. Since becoming incorporated as a city, Patterson, CA, has seen a population percentage growth of over 3,090%. While Patterson is expected to continue growing, its growth will be very moderate as it's already densely populated.

The city of Patterson began its life with a Mexican land grant in 1844. This granted acreage stretching east to the San Joaquin River, south past Marshall Road, and to Del Puerto Creek in the north.

The land exchanged hands over the course of the following decades, until in 1908, what had become 18,462 acres were sold to the Patterson Ranch Company. The land was then divided into several ranches of various sizes, and the design of the town of Patterson was plotted. The town was designed using a series of circles and radiated streets, taking inspiration from Washington D.C. and Paris, France.

In 1919, Patterson was incorporated after records were filed in 1909 and sales the city lots and ranch properties commenced. Patterson is today famed for its annual Apricot Fiestas, held every year on the first weekend of June.

Patterson Demographics

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

  • White: 42.25%
  • Two or more races: 28.82%
  • Other race: 18.59%
  • Black or African American: 4.77%
  • Asian: 4.36%
  • Native American: 0.79%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.42%
Land Area (mi²)
7.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
3,062.10/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.36% (85)
The current population of Patterson, California is 23,873 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 23,788.

Patterson, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White10,00542.25%
Two or more races6,82328.82%
Other race4,40118.59%
Black or African American1,1294.77%
Asian1,0324.36%
Native American1880.79%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander1000.42%
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White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Patterson Population by Race

Patterson Population Pyramid 2024

Patterson Median Age

30.4

Total

28.4

Male

32.1

Female

Patterson Adults

There are 16,130 adults, (1,938 of whom are seniors) in Patterson.

Patterson Age Dependency

66.8

Age Dependency Ratio

13.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

53.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Patterson Sex Ratio

Female11,47748.47%
Male12,20151.53%

Patterson Population by Age

Patterson Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All6,3453.7373.426.6
Married3,9234.3786.513.5
Non Family1,0241.2344.155.9
Female8173.7251.248.8
Male5813.786832
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4.11

Average Family Size

3.73

Average Household Size

73.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Patterson Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Patterson Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Patterson Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 45.66%.

Patterson Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$51,235

Average Earnings

$58,982

Average Male

$36,885

Average Female

Patterson Earnings by Educational Attainment

Patterson Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Patterson Language

38.3% of Patterson residents speak only English, while 61.7% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 52.96% of the population.

Patterson Language

Patterson Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic16,1071,4178.8%
Multiple6,8235948.71%
Other4,3622906.65%
White4,1562856.86%
Black1,129635.58%
Islander1002525%
Asian1,031141.36%
Native18810.53%
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7.84%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.12%

Male Poverty Rate

9.67%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Patterson

The race most likely to be in poverty in Patterson is Islander, with 25% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Patterson is Native, with 0.53% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.78%. Among those working part-time, it was 7.64%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.92%.

Patterson Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade12.78%
High School11.27%
Some College5.36%
Bachelors or Greater0.65%
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Patterson Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed25.48%
Female Employed5.92%
Male Employed2.27%
Male Unemployed1.37%
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Patterson Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Patterson Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Patterson Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

49.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.5%

Male Marriage Rate

50.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Patterson Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Patterson 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 55-64.

Patterson Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Patterson Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

700

Number of Veterans

675

Male Veterans

25

Female Veterans

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Patterson Veterans by War

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Patterson Veterans by Age

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Patterson Veterans by Race

Patterson Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.71%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.86%

Veteran Disability Rate

Patterson Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64.3%

Labor Force Participation

59.5%

Employment Rate

7.4%

Unemployment Rate

Patterson Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Patterson Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Patterson 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

68.38%

Born in Patterson

75.18%

Native Born

24.82%

Foreign Born

13.57%

Non Citizen

11.25%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

75.18% of Patterson residents were born in the United States, with 68.38% having been born in California. 13.57% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Patterson Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202923,973200.08%
202823,953200.08%
202723,933200.08%
202623,913200.08%
202523,893200.08%
202423,873200.08%
202323,853200.08%
202223,833200.08%
202123,813250.11%
202023,7881,1815.22%
201922,6071230.55%
201822,4843341.51%
201722,1503911.8%
201621,7593591.68%
201521,4002471.17%
201421,1531670.8%
201320,9861340.64%
201220,8521220.59%
201120,730800.39%
201020,6509,04477.93%
200011,6062,98034.55%
19908,6264,718120.73%
19803,90876124.18%
19703,14790140.12%
19602,24690367.24%
19501,34323421.1%
19401,10920422.54%
193090521130.4%
1920694
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Patterson Population by Year