California is considered a global trendsetter in areas ranging from pop culture to politics, and is the birthplace of the film industry, and the Internet. The population is greater than that of all but 34 countries of the world. The Greater Los Angeles Area is the 2nd-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
California is also one of the most popular places in need of language interpretation services. According to research from Migration Policy Institute, as of 2013, the nationwide average of Limited-English-proficient (LEP) residents by city was approximately 8%. Eleven states had higher percentages of LEP residents. Of the 11 states, California had the highest percentage of LEP individuals at 19% of the state population. California’s LEP population was 6.8 million individuals, accounting for 27% the total LEP population in the United States.
As a leading provider of interpretation and translation services, California is one of our most popular states with language services needs – and no industry is exempt. From medical and healthcare to legal and business, effective language access is important for the LEP population of the state, as well as for international business.
Spotlight on 9 California Cities (Video)
Los Angeles, Spanish for “The Angels”, is the second most populated city in the country. L.A. residents represent more than 140 countries and the city is home for those speaking 224 separate languages.
Percentage of Foreign-born Persons: 39.7% (5th in the United States)
People of Mexican ancestry make up the largest ethnic group of Latinos at 31.9% of Los Angeles’ population.
The percentage of foreign-born persons in Los Angeles, California was 39.7%, ranking it 5th in the United States for foreign-born populations. (2009 Census)
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Source: Los Angeles
Located on the Pacific Coast in the Greater Los Angeles Area, Long Beach is the 36th most populous city in the United States and 7th most populated city in California. The city of Long Beach is the third largest city in Southern California after Los Angeles and San Diego.
According to a report by USA Today in 2000, Long Beach is the most ethnically diverse large city in the United States.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 188,412 persons (40.8%), and 32.9% of the city’s population was of Mexican heritage.
According to a 2009 Census, the percentage of foreign-born persons in Long Beach, California was 26.9%, ranking it 20th in the United States for foreign-born populations.
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Source: Long Beach
Santa Ana is the second most populous city in Orange County, California and the 57th most-populous city in the United States.
Racial makeup of Santa Ana (2010 United States Census): Hispanic or Latino of any race were 78.2%, and 10.5% were Asian.
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Source: Santa Ana
San Francisco is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.
San Francisco has a minority-majority population, as non-Hispanic whites comprise less than half of the population, 41.9%
In 2010, residents of Chinese ethnicity constituted the largest single ethnic minority group in San Francisco at 21% of the population.
Immigrant Population: 1,245,521
Percent of Population: 29.50%
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Source: San Francisco
Oakland is the eighth-largest city in California and the 45th largest city in the United States. Due to a steady influx of immigrants in the 20th century, along with thousands of African-American war-industry workers who relocated from the Deep South during the 1940s, Oakland is the most ethnically diverse major city in the country.
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Located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), Fremont is the fourth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Fremont is home to the largest population of Afghan Americans in the United States.
Mission San Jose has the highest concentration of Asian Americans in Fremont – over 50% of the population as of the 2000 census.
As of 2010 more than half the residents of Fremont were of Asian ancestry, with large populations of Chinese, Asian Indians, and Filipinos.
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San Jose is the third populous city in California and the tenth populous in the United States.
39% of San Jose resident are foreign-born. These include many high-tech workers from East and South Asia, Eastern European immigrants, as well as immigrants from Latin America. San Jose has the largest Vietnamese population of any city in the world outside of Vietnam.
The percentage of foreign-born persons in San Jose was 39%, ranking it 6th in the United States for foreign-born populations. (2010)
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Source: San Jose
Sunnyvale is the seventh most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area and one of the major cities comprising Silicon Valley. According to U.S. census, Sunnyvale has a large Native American population, as well as Hispanic and Latino populations.
Asian Population: 40.7%
Hispanic or Latino: 18.9%
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Santa Clara is named after the Spanish mission that was established there in 1777. It is the ninth-most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area, located at the center of Silicon Valley.
Key Stats (2010 U.S. Census):
Asian Population: 37.7%
Hispanic and Latino populations (19.4%)
14.6% of Santa Clara’s population was of Mexican ancestry.
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Source: Santa Clara
*Additional Source (1-9): The Daily Beast
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