The 10 California Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2021


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in California that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2021.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our third time ranking the cities in California with the largest Hispanic/Latino population.

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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That's the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted California? Where cities and towns in California have seen the greatest increase in it's Hispanic population?

Turns out there's been a 13.9% increase in the Hispanic population in California.

The 10 Cities In California With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2021

  1. Parlier
  2. Maywood
  3. Calexico
  4. Coachella
  5. Huntington Park
  6. Mendota
  7. Bell Gardens
  8. South Gate
  9. Cudahy
  10. Commerce

What's the city in California with the largest hispanic/latino population? Parlier took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in California for 2021.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where California ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Hispanic, check out the best places to live in California or the safest places in California.

Parlier, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,312
% Hispanic/Latino: 98.97%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 15,154
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.95%
More on Parlier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maywood, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 27,332
% Hispanic/Latino: 98.36%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 26,883
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.21%
More on Maywood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Calexico, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 39,946
% Hispanic/Latino: 97.75%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 39,048
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.32%
More on Calexico: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coachella, CA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 45,181
% Hispanic/Latino: 97.34%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 43,980
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.14%
More on Coachella: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Huntington Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 58,353
% Hispanic/Latino: 97.13%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 56,676
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.77%
More on Huntington Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mendota, CA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,531
% Hispanic/Latino: 96.88%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 11,171
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.42%
More on Mendota: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bell Gardens, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 42,421
% Hispanic/Latino: 95.83%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 40,650
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.22%
More on Bell Gardens: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Gate, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 94,642
% Hispanic/Latino: 95.58%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 90,459
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.53%
More on South Gate: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cudahy, CA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 23,890
% Hispanic/Latino: 95.18%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 22,739
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.52%
More on Cudahy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Commerce, CA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,830
% Hispanic/Latino: 95.02%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 12,191
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.7%
More on Commerce: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In California With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2021

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across California.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2015-2019 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 421 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 99.0% to 2.9%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic or Latino population with a higher score being more Hispanic or Latino than a lower score. Parlier took the distinction of being the most Hispanic or Latino, while Saratoga was the least Hispanic or Latino city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in California ranked by population of Hispanic or Latino residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It - Hispanic or Latino Populations Across California

If you're looking for a breakdown of Latino populations across California according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least Hispanic or Latino places in California:

  1. Saratoga
  2. Cupertino
  3. Hillsborough

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In California

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Parlier 98.97% 15,312
2 Maywood 98.36% 27,332
3 Calexico 97.75% 39,946
4 Coachella 97.34% 45,181
5 Huntington Park 97.13% 58,353
6 Mendota 96.88% 11,531
7 Bell Gardens 95.83% 42,421
8 South Gate 95.58% 94,642
9 Cudahy 95.18% 23,890
10 Commerce 95.02% 12,830
11 Orange Cove 94.99% 10,274
12 Mcfarland 94.72% 14,823
13 Arvin 94.43% 21,249
14 Huron 94.08% 7,115
15 San Fernando 93.17% 24,535
16 Bell 91.9% 35,682
17 Firebaugh 91.81% 8,300
18 Greenfield 91.07% 17,373
19 Pico Rivera 90.67% 63,001
20 Woodlake 90.45% 7,622
21 Guadalupe 90.36% 7,451
22 Gonzales 90.32% 8,375
23 Farmersville 88.64% 10,716
24 Lynwood 88.08% 70,635
25 King City 87.54% 13,921
26 El Centro 87.04% 44,003
27 Lindsay 86.98% 13,310
28 Dinuba 86.2% 24,015
29 Avenal 85.72% 12,961
30 Shafter 84.24% 19,447
31 Selma 83.92% 24,675
32 Brawley 83.71% 26,076
33 La Puente 82.9% 40,020
34 Sanger 82.84% 25,074
35 South El Monte 82.33% 20,721
36 Wasco 82.22% 27,193
37 Holtville 82.09% 6,527
38 Santa Paula 81.91% 30,098
39 Kerman 81.83% 14,816
40 Watsonville 81.17% 53,800
41 Paramount 80.98% 54,513
42 Hawaiian Gardens 79.85% 14,337
43 Salinas 79.3% 156,143
44 Madera 78.36% 64,833
45 Imperial 77.99% 17,454
46 Reedley 77.92% 25,591
47 Delano 77.39% 52,886
48 Montebello 77.38% 62,742
49 Perris 76.83% 77,290
50 Santa Ana 76.76% 332,794
51 Santa Maria 76.01% 106,224
52 Calipatria 75.69% 7,395
53 Fillmore 75.25% 15,664
54 Downey 74.77% 112,322
55 Santa Fe Springs 74.49% 17,810
56 Baldwin Park 74.48% 75,892
57 Rialto 74.28% 103,045
58 Oxnard 73.61% 208,154
59 Livingston 73.49% 14,228
60 Soledad 72.52% 25,705
61 Los Banos 71.72% 38,914
62 Pomona 71.71% 152,209
63 Montclair 71.07% 39,155
64 Ontario 69.96% 176,760
65 Norwalk 69.73% 105,304
66 Fontana 69.61% 210,759
67 Newman 69.5% 11,317
68 Corcoran 69.46% 22,156
69 Hollister 69.31% 38,687
70 Compton 67.96% 96,803
71 Colton 67.94% 54,580
72 Whittier 67.32% 86,090
73 East Palo Alto 66.07% 29,593
74 Adelanto 65.82% 33,660
75 El Monte 65.72% 115,517
76 Porterville 65.61% 59,697
77 San Bernardino 65.17% 216,089
78 Fowler 64.21% 6,527
79 Indio 64.2% 89,469
80 Tulare 64.17% 63,547
81 National City 63.46% 61,121
82 Azusa 63.07% 49,753
83 Patterson 62.88% 22,066
84 Lawndale 61.53% 32,819
85 Ceres 61.39% 48,214
86 Port Hueneme 60.66% 22,156
87 Palmdale 60.38% 156,293
88 San Pablo 60.13% 30,967
89 Chula Vista 59.75% 268,920
90 La Habra 59.72% 60,594
91 Gilroy 59.1% 56,766
92 Coalinga 58.81% 16,906
93 Covina 58.76% 48,095
94 Moreno Valley 58.74% 207,289
95 Cathedral City 58.6% 54,357
96 Hesperia 58.13% 94,203
97 Blythe 57.2% 19,643
98 Riverbank 56.92% 24,482
99 Lompoc 56.64% 43,232
100 Atwater 56.55% 29,296

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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