Hans Johnson Ph.D. is a demographer and research fellow at the
Public Policy Institute of California. He is the author of
numerous reports on the state’s changing population, all of which
are available at www.ppic.org.
Any number of superlatives could be used to describe California’s
astounding growth. The state’s population, which has doubled
since 1965, consists of more than 37 million people today. That
growth sets California apart from the rest of the developed
world. During the 20th century, California grew at a faster rate
than any other large developed region on earth. The state’s
population now exceeds that of all but 32 countries. To put it
another way, California’s population is larger by several million
than all of Canada’s, and within the next 10 years it is likely
to surpass that of Spain.