2020 Census Data Reveals a More Multiracial and Diverse Santa Clara County Population
After a protracted process, the recently released 2020 Census results reveal that the Bay Area’s population is on the rise and is fueled by Asian and Latin American population growth.
In Santa Clara County, residents achieved a self-response rate of 77.7% for the 2020 census, surpassing the number of responses the county received in 2010 and making it one of the counties with the most country respondents.
These newly released numbers will serve as the basis for redrawing new local, state and federal electoral district boundaries beginning in 2022.
Nicholas Jones, director and senior adviser for race and ethnicity research and outreach at the Census Bureau, said the new data “gives a more accurate picture of how people self-identify… revealing that the US population is much more multiracial and more diverse than we have measured in the past.
According to the data, Santa Clara County has been one of the fastest growing counties in California over the past decade, reaching a total of 1,936,259, an increase of 8.7%. The county is the fifth fastest growing among the top 10 counties in the state by population.
Of the counties in the Bay Area, Santa Clara County has seen the largest increase in its Asian population. The population has increased from 31.7% in 2010 to 39% in 2020, making them the most dominant ethnic group in the county.
For the first time in history, both in Santa Clara County, California, and nationwide, the percentage of white residents has declined. In Santa Clara County, the percentage of white residents dropped nearly 7%, from 35.2% in 2010 to 28.7% in 2020.
The population of Latino and Hispanic residents also increased in the majority of Bay Area counties, although Santa Clara County saw a slight decline from 26.9% in 2010 to 25.5% in 2020 .
Below is data that shows the comparison between the 2010 and 2020 census results for Santa Clara County:
- Population: 2010 = 1,781,642, 2020 = 1,936,259
- Asian: 2010 = 31.7%, 2020 = 38.9%
- White: 2010 = 35.2%, 2020 = 28.7%
- Hispanic: 2010 = 26.9%, 2020 = 25.5%
- Multiracial: 2010 = 3%, 2020 = 4%
- Black: 2010 = 2.4%, 2020 = 2.2%
- american indian: 2010 = 0.2%, 2020 = 0.2%
- Pacific Islander: 2010 = 0.4%, 2020 = 0.3%
The census also found Santa Clara County had the third highest percentage of housing growth in the state, adding more than 56,000 units over the past decade.