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Los Angeles Still Most Populated CA County, Per 2010 Census

US Census Bureau
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Detailed info from the 2010 U.S. Census was released today, and takes a closer look at population totals and demographic characteristics in California. The data was shared with the governor and leaders of the legislature in the state and can be used to realign federal, state and local legislative districts. Among the findings include the not-so-surprising confirmation that Los Angeles is the most populated county in the state, with a population of 9,818,605, and a gain of 3.1 percent since 2000.

Elsewhere in big county populations:

The other counties in the top five include San Diego, with a population of 3,095,313 (increase of 10.0 percent); Orange, 3,010,232 (increase of 5.8 percent); Riverside, 2,189,641 (increase of 41.7 percent); and San Bernardino, 2,035,210 (increase of 19.1 percent).

Ethnicity was also explored in detail in today's released figures. The Latino population saw the most significant growth since 2000, and now comprise 37.6% of the state's population. Just ahead, at 40% are those who identified themselves as Caucasian. The percentage of Californians who reported as Asian was 12.8%, and black was 5.8%. For

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The Census Bureau uses the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) standards for race, and uses their five categories: white, black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. They also use the sixth category of "some other race." The 2010 Census was the second time people were able to identify in more than one of the five main categories.