White Americans in California

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White Californians
Total population
28,611,160 (71.9%) whites
14,696,754 (36.5%) non-Hispanic whites (2019)
Regions with significant populations
Los Angeles metropolitan area32.2% white[citation needed]
American English, American Spanish
Christianity, Judaism, atheism
Related ethnic groups
White Americans, white Hispanic and Latino Americans, white non-Hispanic white Americans

White Californians are white Americans living in California. Non-Hispanic whites currently make up 36.5% of the state's population.

As of 2015, California has the largest minority population in the United States. Non-Hispanic whites decreased from about 76.3–78% of the state's population in 1970[1] to 36.5% in 2019.[2] It was estimated in 2015 that Hispanic and Latino Americans became more numerous than non-Latino White Americans for the first time.[3] Since 2000 (the US Census), California has been known as the second state in US history (after Hawaii since its statehood in 1959) to have a non-white majority.


The first White people to come to the modern-day State of California were the Spanish people.

The California Gold Rush(1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California.[4] The news of gold brought some 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad.[5] The Gold Rush initiated the California Genocide, with 100,000 Native Californians dying between 1848 and 1868.[6]

By region[edit]

San Francisco Bay Area[edit]

In 2000 the racial makeup of the nine-county Bay Area was 3,941,687 (58.1%) white and 3,392,204 (50.0%) non-Hispanic white.

In 2010 the Bay Area was 3,755,823 (52.5%) White. The Bay Area was 3,032,903 (42.4%) non-Hispanic white.

The percentage of non-Hispanic white people in the overall Bay Area is projected to decrease, while the percentage of non-Hispanic white people in the city of San Francisco is projected to increase.[7]

Central Valley[edit]

White Americans are the majority of the population in the Central Valley.

Los Angeles metropolitan area[edit]

54.6% White, 32.2% white alone.

By county[edit]


White people[which?] make up 60% of registered voters in California.[8]

In the 2016 United States presidential election, California whites voted against Donald Trump by a 5 percentage point margin.


The non-Hispanic white population as a percentage of the whole is projected to decrease in California.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historical Census Statistics on Population Totals By Race, California". Census.gov. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Census". Census.gov. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  3. ^ Panzar, Javier (8 July 2015). "It's official: Latinos now outnumber whites in California". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  4. ^ "[E]vents from January 1848 through December 1855 [are] generally acknowledged as the 'Gold Rush'. After 1855, California gold mining changed and is outside the 'rush' era.""The Gold Rush of California: A Bibliography of Periodical Articles". California State University, Stanislaus. 2002. Archived from the original on July 1, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
  5. ^ "California Gold Rush, 1848–1864". Learn California.org, a site designed for the California Secretary of State. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  6. ^ Castillo, Edward D. "California Indian History". California Native American Heritage Commission. Archived from the original on June 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "S.F. Could Be Much Whiter in 25 Years, While the Rest of Region Gets More Diverse". 2.kqed.org. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Race and Voting in California - PPIC". Ppic.org. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  9. ^ Badger, Emily (1 February 2017). "Immigrant Shock: Can California Predict the Nation's Future?" – via NYTimes.com.


  • Maharidge, Dale, The Coming White Minority: California's Eruptions and America's Future, 1996, Times Books, ISBN 9780812922899
  • Sherburne Friend Cook, The Conflict Between the California Indian and White Civilization, 1943, University of California Press, ISBN 9780520031425