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There are roughly 74,000 people living in the 'County Census Division' of Davis. The population of the incorporated City of Davis is closer to 64,000. This figure is lower because it does not take into account those living on the UC Davis campus or in the City's outskirts. 22,735 Undergraduate students and 29,637 total students attend UC Davis (2005). The average age is 25.2 years old, average income is $42,454, and median house value is [WWW]$448,036. To learn more about the issues and people dividing the Daviswiki along ethnic and racial lines, visit our Race & Ethnicity page. Davis is often perceived as a small town because it has no directly bordering towns and because a majority of the California population (60% in 2008) lives in larger towns. However, Davis is in fact large relative to California towns in general because it is well above the median population of towns (28672). These calculations capopulationdistribution.xls were made with [WWW]data from the [WWW]California Department of Finance.

In addition, in 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau determined that Davis was the 6th most densely populated urbanized area in the country, with 5147 people per square mile ([WWW]see graphic).

  1. City of Davis Population Growth
  2. Ethnic breakdown
    1. City of Davis
      1. Ancestries
    2. UC Davis
      1. General Undergrad Breakdown
      2. Asian
    3. University Enrollment
  3. Education and employment (over 25)
  4. Unemployment Rate
  5. Marriage rates (over 15)
  6. Comparison to State Averages
  7. Information Sources
  8. Commentary
    1. Mixed Race and Multiethnic
      1. UC Davis Mixed Race Issues

City of Davis Population Growth


Census Year Davis Population
1920 939
1930 1,243
1940 1,672
1950 3,554
1960 8,910
1970 23,469
1980 36,640
1990 47,090
2000 60,308
2010 65,622

Ethnic breakdown

City of Davis

According to the [WWW]source.

White Non-Hispanic 65.9%
Hispanic 9.6%
Chinese 8.0%
Two or more races 4.9%
Other race 4.3%
Black 2.3%
Vietnamese 1.8%
Filipino 1.7%
Japanese 1.6%
Asian Indian 1.6%
American Indian 1.5%
Korean 1.4%
Other Asian 1.4%


German 15.4%
English 11.9%
Irish 11.6%
Italian 5.8%
Scottish 3.0%
United States 2.9%

About 17.2% of people in Davis are foreign born (9.7% Asia, 2.7% Europe, 2.7% Latin America).

UC Davis

General Undergrad Breakdown

According to another [WWW]source.

Asian 37.7%
White/Caucasian 37.0%
Hispanic 10.4%
International 5.0%
Unknown 4.4%
Black 2.5%
Other 2.0%
Native American 0.7%

UC Davis Employees by Gender and Ethnicity, Fall 2006

Ethnicity Female Male Total
African-American/Black 932 465 1,397
American Indian/Native American 155 69 224
Chinese/Chinese-American 1,243 1,060 2,303
East Indian/Pakistani 1 347 335 682
Filipino/Filipino-American 1 706 374 1,080
Japanese/Japanese-American 1 286 232 518
Other Asian 1 939 725 1,664
Mexican/Mexican-Amer./Chicano 2 1,302 766 2,068
Latin-American/Latino 2 340 264 604
Other Hispanic 2 230 130 360
White/Caucasian 10,010 7,044 17,054
Ethnicity Unknown 629 585 1,214
Total 17,119 12,049 29,168

1 In graphic below, included in "Asian" category.
2 In graphic below, included in "Hispanic" category.
(source: [WWW]

Note that the UC Davis population is almost certainly a part of Davis as well. Compared it its neighbor city, Sacramento ([WWW]"America's Most Diverse City" by TIME), Davis is not nearly as ethnically diverse. The University clearly contributes a great deal to the City's ethnic diversity.


UC Davis has the fourth-highest Asian population among American universites, behind [wikipedia]UCLA, [wikipedia]UC Berkeley and [wikipedia]UC Irvine. [WWW]In the Sacramento and Yolo metropolitan areas, Asian Americans form about 9.0% of the total population (2000 census).

In the Fall Quarter of 2004 there were 8,733 Asian undergraduate students attending UC Davis, making up 38% of the total undergraduate population. Of this, the three largest sub groups were students who identified themselves as Chinese (3,872), Vietnamese (1,270), and Filipino (1,054).

Among grad students, 414 students identified as Asian, roughly 10% of the population. Those who identify themselves as Chinese number 191 with Pakistani/Indians coming in second with 42.

Asian faculty members numbered 331 and made up 14% faculty on campus. Chinese faculty members were the most numerous Asian staff.

University Enrollment

School Year Students Enrolled
1922-23 549
1923-24 412
1924-25 370
1925-26 354
1926-27 361
1927-28 446
1928-29 562
1929-30 584
1930-31 552
1931-32 550
1932-33 367

more data as I find it. see also: [WWW]

Education and employment (over 25)

High school or higher 96.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 68.6%
Graduate or professional degree 36.1%

Davis has a fairly typical education demographic for a college town. Davis was ranked "America's second most educated city" (after Chapel Hill) by USA Today in the 1980s, and holds the title of California's most educated city. A casual, incomplete survey shows this no longer to be true, Davis is behind at least two other small college towns (Chapel Hill and State College).

Unemployment Rate

Year Rate
2000 3.2%
2001 3.2%
2002 3.8%
2003 4.0%
2004 3.8%
2005 3.5%
2006 3.2%
2007 3.6%
2008 4.6%
2009 7.2%

Marriage rates (over 15)

Never married 51.4%
Now married 37.9%
Separated 1.3%
Widowed 2.9%
Divorced 6.4%

Comparison to State Averages

Information Sources


Mixed Race and Multiethnic

Mixed Race is a term used by people who wish to acknowledge their mixed race heritage. The term mixed race is used as opposed to biracial because people may be more than two races. Biracial tends to imply that one parent is one race and the other parent is a different race and can be leading, but both parents could be of the same mixed heritage (such as both parents being White and Black, themselves biracial and thus their children are biracial).

Multiethnic is a term to acknowledge the mixed culture and history they have grown up with. Anyone who has to identify as (African, Asian, Mexican, Brazilian, Indian, etc)-American will have a multiethnic background because they are negotiating a mixed of cultures between their home/native/ancestorial culture and the U.S. culture. Multiethnic can also be used by people who grow up as one race but identifies with another race's culture (such as a White person who identifies with Hip Hop or Mexican culture).

First and foremost, race and ethnicity are social constructs. There is no race gene that predermines one's race. Race and ethnicity will vary in different locations and social arenas. The definitions provided above

UC Davis Mixed Race Issues

Currently at UC Davis, students are allowed to check all of the races they identify with. BUT when the university inputs this info into their system, the student's race with least representation at the school is marked as their only race.

Example: JoAnnaRich is mixed and marked off the Pilipino, White/Caucasian, Native American boxes but on University records will be marked as Native American.
Other Examples:

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I know a many people that grew up in Davis and I notice them having a lot of racist tendencies. I'm from Sacramento which is, according to TIME magazine, the most ethnically diverse city in America. Davis wants people to think it is so progressive but it is really a lily-white racist facade. When hate crime happens in this town I am not surprised. Evolution is best when ethnicities mingle. My main point is that without the university Davis would hardly be diverse. I would be even worse than what the statistics show because even less professors of ethnic backgrounds would live here. Davis may project the idea of them being the perfect progressive all American city but there is a reason why a picket fence and a Klansman’s robe are the same color. -RobRoy

My Chinese friend was called Chink by two white men at a local gas station last week. Davis isn't friendly to non-whites. It must be tough living in such a racist town for non-whites. So sad. For such a small town, Davis sure does have a lot of hate crimes. Again, so sad. JohnTrombone

Can someone verify if the 65,000 figure includes UGs who live in dorms? The wording above is ambiguous. Also, some information on the economic backgrounds of UCD students, average parental income and educational background might be interesting

Ask Caliph Assagai about having someone shout "Get out of our town n***er" while walking around downtown.

The first set of demographics for UCD is wrong as it is not current (it's from May 2004). The second set was mentioned in the Aggie and was updated 1/2005.

I think individuals' behavior shouldn't speak for the whole town. Yes, a town is composed of individuals, but what I see posted here are isolated incidents, not mass hatred. Each city has people who think that people unlike themselves are really different and should be treated as such, tolerance just means not letting them hold power over everyone else. - AllisonEriksen

Discussion moved from Kevin Wolf.
I saw Marty West on DCTV on election day evening. She chose to characterize the no on X voters as racist because we rejected this project and now Latinos wouldn't be able to buy a house in Davis. As if these people we see slaving in the fields out by Winters can purchase a $600,000.00 home. —PaulThober

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