The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.
According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.
That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.
But how has the increase impacted California? Where cities and towns in California have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?
Turns out there’s been a 10.8% increase in the Hispanic population in California.
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in California with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:
- Mendota (Photos)
- Maywood (Photos)
- Huron (Photos)
- Parlier (Photos)
- Coachella (Photos)
- Calexico (Photos)
- Huntington Park (Photos)
- Orange Cove (Photos)
- Commerce (Photos)
Mendota took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in California for 2018.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where California ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In California With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018
We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across California.
That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.
Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:
- Hispanic or Latino
- White alone*
- Black or African American alone*
- American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
- Asian alone*
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
- Some other race alone*
- Two or more races*
Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.
We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 422 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 98.7% to 3.3%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Mendota took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Los Altos was the least Hispanic city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in California ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.
Mendota is a U.S. city in Fresno County, California. The population was 11,014 at the 2010 U.S. Census. The State Routes 180 and 33 run through the agricultural city. Mendota is located 8.5 miles south-southeast of Firebaugh, at an elevation of 174 feet.
Maywood is a small city in southeast Los Angeles County, California. At 1.18 square miles, Maywood is the third-smallest incorporated city in Los Angeles County. It is bordered by the cities of Bell on the south, Vernon on the north and west, Huntington Park on the southwest, and Commerce on the east. It is the most densely-populated city in California, and has the highest proportion of Latinos, immigrants, and undocumented immigrants in the county.
Huron is a small city in Fresno County, California, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,754, up from 6,306 at the 2000 census. During the harvest season, the population swells to over 15,000 people due to the influx of migrant farm workers. Huron is located 15 miles east-northeast of Coalinga, at an elevation of 374 feet. Huron was the city with the highest proportion of Hispanic or Latino people in the United States, according to the 2000 United States Census.
Parlier is a city in Fresno County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 14,494, up from 11,145 in 2000. The city has one of the state’s highest percentage of Latinos, a large majority of whom are seasonal migrant laborers who arrive and temporarily work in the area’s agricultural sector. Parlier is located 5.5 miles east-southeast of Selma, at an elevation of 344 feet.
Coachella is a city in Riverside County, California; it is the easternmost city in the region collectively known as the Coachella Valley. It is located 28 miles east of Palm Springs, 72 miles east of Riverside, and 130 miles east of Los Angeles.
Calexico is a city in Imperial County, California. The population was 38,572 at the 2010 census, up from 27,109 at the 2000 census. Calexico is about 122 miles east of San Diego and 62 miles west of Yuma, Arizona. The name of the city is a portmanteau of California and Mexico, which, like that of its adjacent sister city of Mexicali, emphasizes its identity as a border city.
7. Huntington Park
Huntington Park is a city in the Gateway Cities district of southeastern Los Angeles County, California.
Cudahy is a city located in southeastern Los Angeles County, California. In terms of area, Cudahy is the second smallest city in Los Angeles County, after Hawaiian Gardens, but with one of the highest population densities of any incorporated city in the United States. It is part of the Gateway Cities region. Cudahy is populated predominantly by Latino non-citizen immigrants and has a population of 23,805 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.
9. Orange Cove
Orange Cove is a small city in Fresno County, California, United States. The population was 9,078 at the 2010 census, up from 7,722 at the 2000 census. Almost all of Orange Cove’s residents are Hispanic, many of them farmers, and about 1/3 of whom are not US Citizens from Latin America. Orange Cove is located in the San Joaquin Valley, 8 miles east-southeast of Reedley, at an elevation of 423 feet.
Commerce is a city located in southeast Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 12,823 at the 2010 census, up from 12,568 at the 2000 census. It is bordered by Vernon on the west, Los Angeles on the northwest, East Los Angeles on the north, Montebello on the east, Downey and Bell Gardens on the south, and Maywood on the southwest. The Los Angeles River forms part of its southwestern boundary, and the Rio Hondo separates it from Downey. Commerce is served by the Long Beach and Santa Ana freeways, as well as the Metrolink commuter rail service at the Commerce station. It is usually referred to as the ‘City of Commerce’ to distinguish it from the common noun.
There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across California
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic populations across California according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic places in California:
- Los Altos
- Los Altos Hills
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Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In California
|South El Monte||82.47%||34|
|Santa Fe Springs||78.98%||42|
|East Palo Alto||63.53%||79|
|Desert Hot Springs||56.2%||100|