Census Information

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The City has created the following web pages to publish data from the 2010 Census. A spreadsheet of common Census variables by Census tracts can be found here

If you would like to access additional Census data, including data prior to 2010 or more recent data based on the American Community Survey, please visit the new American FactFinder page produced by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

The following data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Census and from the Department of Finance unless otherwise cited. Additional analysis of the Census, related socioeconomic information, and detailed residential development activity may be found in other Community Development Department reports and publications.


Reversing a long trend, the population in the City of Glendale fell to 191,719 in 2010. This was a decrease of 3,254 people from the total of 194,973 found in the 2000 Census. It is unclear why the population fell, though it is likely related to the poor economic conditions felt throughout the country in the last part of the previous decade.

Glendale's population has fluctuated over the years, with high growth in the 1920s and '30s, slower growth in the 1970's, and high growth again in the 1980's.

Population Change 1906-2010

The California Department of Finance also provides annual population estimates. Following are the most recent estimates:

1/1/2011 192,271
1/1/2012 192,750
1/1/2013 193,769
1/1/2014 195,799


Between 1980 and 2000, Glendale grew significantly more than neighboring areas.

Population trends--Glendale and surrounding areas--1980-2010

Glendale grew at about the same rate in the 1990's as the County: 8.3% vs. 7.4%. Newer cities in the County grew at much higher rates. Santa Clarita grew by 36.2% and Palmdale by 69.5%. Growth in all nearby areas slowed dramatically over the last decade.


The population density in the city has also increased over time as available land has been developed. The overall density for the city is 6,269 people per square mile, but this varies widely--hillside areas have densities as low as 1,133 people per square mile while some Census tracts near downtown exceed 30,000 people per square mile.

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