The population of California grew very fast in the second half of the 20th century. Much of the increase can be attributed to in-migration from other states and emigration from other countries. Many people were drawn to California to work in factories that were built during World War II (1939-1945); others settled there after seeing the state during military service; and many more moved to California because of its mild climate and style of living. More recently the population increase has come about because of immigration from other countries. More legal immigrants settle in California than any other state, and the state is also home to many people who came to the country without legal approval.
According to the 2000 national census, California had 33,871,648 inhabitants, more than any other state. That was an increase of 13.8 percent over the 1990 population of 29,760,021 and 30 percent more than the 1980 population. In 2006 the average population density was 90 persons per sq km (234 per sq mi).
Most of the population is in southern California, the San Francisco Bay area, and, to a lesser extent, the Central Valley. California is the most urbanized state in the United States, with 94 percent of the people living in cities or towns in 2000. A majority of Californians live in just three metropolitan areas—Los Angeles-Long Beach, San Francisco-Oakland, and San Diego—on the coast. Large areas in the mountains and deserts of the north and east are sparsely inhabited.
Whites constitute the largest share of California’s population, representing 59.5 percent of the people. Asians are 10.9 percent of the people, blacks are 6.7 percent, Native Americans are 1 percent, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are 0.3 percent, and those of mixed heritage or not reporting race are 21.5 percent. Hispanics, who may be of any race, are 32.4 percent of the population. "USA" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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