Demographic data geeks, rejoice, as U.S. Census data released yesterday provides you with a golden opportunity to click away on tables, maps, and other info on the California Department of Finance’s Census 2010 page.

For the quick and dirty, take a peek at this census map from the Bay Area News Group:

Yesterday, KQED’s Stephanie Martin talked to Dr. Hans Johnson, of the Public Policy Institute of California about the census. Listen here. The California Report’s Scott Shafer also has a report.

Or take your pick of the following census stories from around the region:

  • Census shows big gains by Asian Americans, Latinos (SF Chronicle)

    U.S. Census figures released Tuesday gave Asian Americans and Latinos plenty of reason to bask in their growing population clout in California – but for the Bay Area, the numbers foreshadowed what will surely be a lessening of political power.

  • Central Valley’s Clout Expected to Climb (Bay Citizen)

    The population of the largely rural, more conservative Central Valley grew with stunning alacrity over the last decade compared to the established coastal regions of the San Francisco Bay Area, newly released 2010 census data shows.

  • Census: San Jose misses the 1 million population mark (San Jose Mercury News)

    Remember all that chest-thumping last spring when it looked like the population of San Jose had finally hit 1 million? “Size does matter!” Mayor Chuck Reed had declared. The prestige, the bragging rights, the extra state tax revenue? Well, not so fast. San Jose’s official 2010 population released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau wasn’t even close to the state Department of Finance’s estimated million mark. The census number? A mere 945,942.

  • Oakland Councilman De La Fuente ‘Depressed’ by Census (Bay Citizen)

    Oakland City Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente told The Bay Citizen yesterday that he’s “depressed and disappointed” by new Census figures, which show Oakland lost over 8,700 residents during the past decade.

  • Sacramento region grows at double state’s rate, census shows (Sacramento Bee)

    The Sacramento region grew twice as fast as the rest of the state during the last decade, adding 350,000 residents, an increase of 20 percent, according to Census 2010 figures released Tuesday.

  • Marin population grew 2.1 percent in the past decade (Marin Independent Journal)

    Marin County’s population hit 252,409 last year, up by 5,120 people or 2.1 percent from a decade ago, according to U.S. Census data released Tuesday. Most of the population growth occurred because 4,274 more residents called Novato home. The city of 51,904 logged a 9 percent increase from 2000.

  • Vallejo loses population; Benicia barely posts gain (Vallejo Times-Herald)

    The city of Fairfield’s bursting at the seams while Vallejo’s losing residents, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Fairfield’s population grew 14 percent from 2000 to 2010, while the population of Solano County grew just 5.5 percent, landing at 483,878. The county’s population in 2000 was 453,614. Population growth in Vallejo and Benicia stagnated, with Vallejo actually losing 818 residents since 2000, despite turn-of- the-century predictions for record growth. Vallejo’s population dropped 0.7 percent to 115,942. Benicia grew by just 132 people to 26,997.

  • Latinos now a quarter of Sonoma County’s population (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

    A quarter of Sonoma County’s 483,878 residents are Latino, a burgeoning group that grew by 40,912 people in the past 10 years, according to data from the 2010 Census released Tuesday.

  • Big spike in Palo Alto’s Asian population (Palo Alto Online)

    Palo Alto’s population spiked by almost 10 percent over the past decade, fueled in large part by a growing Asian community, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau show.

  • 2010 Census Data for Berkeley Released (Daily Californian)

    After experiencing a steady decline since 1970, the city of Berkeley’s population experienced growth for the first time since the 1960s, according to 2010 census data released yesterday afternoon.

  • U.S. Census: AmCan doubled in size, Upvalley cities lost population (Napa Valley Register)

    The first local numbers from the 2010 federal census are in:

    • American Canyon was by far the Napa County’s fastest growing city, doubling in population between 2000 and 2010.
    • Napa and Yountville grew a little
    • the Upvalley cities of St. Helena and Calistoga actually lost population.

  • Black population decreases in East Palo Alto

    Defying a Bay Area trend, East Palo Alto saw its population decrease by 4.6 percent over the past decade — a drop precipitated by a shrinking number of black residents, U.S. Census data shows.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Bay Area Census Info, Plus a Map 9 March,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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