A Look at the Sacramento Region’s 2020 Census Results
An overview of the population and demographic shifts in the region
Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau is tasked with counting every resident in the country. Cities, counties, and states depend on an accurate and complete count for federal funding allocation to support community services. The count also provides insight into how people move throughout the six-county region. While all the data has yet to be released, some trends are emerging.
The Sacramento Region Continues to Grow
Overall, the Sacramento region has grown. With the addition of 262,571 new residents between 2010 and 2020, the six-county region grew from 2,316,019 to 2,578,590, or 11.3 percent. The region ranks 26th in the nation, but was leapfrogged by San Antonio, Texas, so it is down from 25th compared with the 2010 Census.
The Region is Getting Older
Residents under the age of 18 decreased from 25.1 percent in 2010 to 22.9 percent in 2020. At the time of this article, specific age demographics have yet to be released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Housing Continues to be Tight
SACOG counties have a very tight housing market as shown by vacancy rates. A 5 percent vacancy rate is considered a healthy market. Within the Sacramento region 20 of the 28 jurisdictions have vacancy rates below 5 percent.
Region Is Majority Minority
People of color are now the majority in the Sacramento region, catching up with the state trend: 48.1 percent of the Sacramento region reported being White alone, not Hispanic, a nearly 8 percent decrease from 2010 Census results. Top ethnicity reporting includes Hispanic or Latino 22.8 percent; Asian alone, not Hispanic 14.5 percent; and Black or African American alone, not Hispanic 6.4 percent.
Source: All data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau.