2020 Census Data

Data and products for California from the 2020 Census. The California State Data Center generates reports and tabulations from data files released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics A File

The 2020 Census Detailed Demographic and Housing Characteristics File A (Detailed DHC-A) along with the Detailed DHC-B (release September 2024) are the successors to the 2010 Census Summary File 2 and the 2010 Census American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File. The 2020 Detailed DHC-A provides population counts and sex and age statistics for 300 detailed racial and ethnic groups and 1,187 American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) tribes and villages. The Detailed DHC-A also tabulates regional race and ethnic groups, which were not provided in prior decennial censuses. They include groups such as Caribbean, East Asian, American Indian, and Polynesian.

The Detailed DHC-A employs an adaptive design to determine the categories published for racial and ethnic groups and AIAN tribes and villages based on their population size and geography level (e.g., total population only or four, nine, or 23 age categories). The following groups will have total population counts only:

  • Detailed groups with noise infused counts of less than 500 at the nation and state levels;
  • Detailed groups with noise infused counts of 22-999 in sub-state geographies and AIAN areas;
  • Regional groups with noise infused counts of less than 5,000 at the nation and state levels;
  • Regional groups with noise infused counts of 94-4,999 in sub-state geographies.

Detailed DHC-A Minimum Noise-Infused Population Thresholds and Margins of Error (MOE) by Geography

Most comprehensive table
type produced
Detailed Groups Regional Groups
Nation & state
Substate* & AIANNH
Nation & state
Total Count Only 0-499 22-999 0-4,999 94-4,999
Sex by age – 4 categories 500-999 1,000-4,999 5,000-19,999 5,000-19,999
Sex by age – 9 categories 1,000-6,999 5,000-19,999 20,000-149,999 20,000-149,999
Sex by age – 23 categories 7,000+ 20,000+ 150,000+ 150,000+

*Substate includes county, census tract, and place.

Users should note that the Detailed DHC-A uses a disclosure avoidance algorithm that differs from the algorithm used to protect the PL94-171 Redistricting Data, Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC), and Demographic Profile. The new algorithm produces privacy-protected counts for each count and geography independently and there is no requirement that counts for lower geographies aggregate up to counts for higher geographies. Thus, the Census Bureau recommends using caution when aggregating the Detailed DHC-A data across age, sex, racial, and ethnic groups or across geographies. Additionally, counts from the Detailed DHC-A will not be consistent with counts from other 2020 Census products.

Unlike prior 2020 Census data products where exact levels of accuracy cannot be known in advance, margins of error for counts are determined in advance of running the algorithm. More information on MOEs as well as guidance on custom aggregations and comparisons to previous decennial censuses and the American Community Survey, a list of detailed race and regional groups, and a 2010 to 2020 Census race and ethnicity crosswalk can be found on the Census Bureau’s Detailed DHC-A technical documentation page.

2020 Detailed DHC-A detailed race, regional group, and Hispanic total population and age by sex tables by geography

DRU-generated extractions of total population tables for California, California counties, and the top six California places ranked by population. These extracts are organized by regional and detailed groups by major race and Hispanic origin.

Census Bureau published total population and age-by-sex tables for all available races and Hispanic origins for California, California counties, and California places accessed through data.census.gov.

Demographic Profile and DHC

The Census Bureau released Demographic Profiles and DHC tables for California, counties, places, ZCTAs, census tracts, and school districts on May 25, 2023. These profiles and tables provide basic demographic characteristics of the population including age, sex, race, households and families, type of vacancy, and tenure.

Redistricting Data (P.L. 94-171)

The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census Redistricting (Public Law 94-171) File for California on August 12, 2021. This file contains total population and population 18 years and older by race and Hispanic/Latino, total housing units, households (occupied units), vacant units, and population by type of group quarters for local geographic areas down to the census block level. In this section:

Historical 2010 and 2020 Comparisons for California, Counties, and Incorporated Cities/Towns

Note: Historical data are provided for geographic areas with legal boundaries only.

Maps:  2010 to 2020 Population Change and Race/Ethnicity

Redistricting Data Profiles

These easy-to-use one-page, PDF profiles present the total and 18 years and older population by race (Not Hispanic/Latino) and Hispanic/Latino, housing data, and population by type of group quarters for individual geographic areas:

Data for California, Counties, Cities/Towns, and Census Designated Places (CDP)

Data for Current California State Legislative and Congressional Districts

Data for Census Tracts

Data for Block Groups and Blocks

For block level data, please refer to the Statewide Database, the official redistricting database for the state of California. They have reformatted the legacy format redistricting data file into a user-friendly version.

Additional Resources from the Census Bureau

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