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California's Population

When looking at state spending, it is important to know the number of people who might be needing specific services provided by state and local governments. For example, the number of children who will be in school affects the State’s budget for schools and the number of elderly who will be needing health care and nursing home services impacts spending decisions in those areas.

The following charts of changes in the State’s population help put the state’s spending in context.

Figure 18 shows how California’s population is projected to grow over a 50-year period. The figures for 2020-2060 are estimates and shaded a different color.

Figure 18 shows how California’s population is projected to grow over a 50-year period.

Figure 18 - Source: Department of Finance


The two age groups that use the most in state- and locally-funded government services are children and young adults, and seniors. Figures 19 and 20 show how California’s under-18 and 65-and-over populations have grown over time. The figures for 2020-2060 are estimates and are shaded a darker color.

Figure 19 shows how California’s under-18 population is expected to grow through the year 2060.

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Figure 20 shows how California’s 65-and-over population is expected to grow through the year 2060.

Figure 19-20 Source: Department of Finance


Figure 21 shows the projected growth in California’s population by separate age groups and by total population between 2010 and 2060.

Figure 21 shows the projected growth in California’s population by age group for 2010-2060.

Figure 21 - Source: Department of Finance


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