Malibu population rises slightly according to U.S. Census


The median home value doubles from 10 years ago.

By Carly Erickson / Special to The Malibu Times

The results of the 2010 U.S. Census for California are in, and show little change in Malibu since the last count 10 years ago, other than a doubling of the median home value here.

The population of Malibu, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, has increased by just 70 people.

Now: 12,645; in 2000: 12,575.

However, the number of Malibu residents older than 18 years of age has increased slightly more. Of its 12,645 population, 10, 279 people are older than age 18-an increase of 171 people.

There are also more homes in Malibu today.

The 2010 census count lists 6,864 homes in Malibu, while there were 6,126 total housing units in 2000. However, the percentage of unoccupied homes has risen, from 16 percent (989 homes) to about 23 percent (1,597 homes).

The value of Malibu housing has risen as well. The median home value during the last census was about $1 million. Today, according to Realtor Rick Wallace, the median home value is $2.2 million.

While Malibu’s population has changed only slightly, the same goes for its racial demographics. About 97 percent of Malibuites currently identify with only one race, the same percentage that was produced in the 2000 Census.

The number of white residents has remained similar as well, with about 92 percent 10 years ago and 91.5 percent today. In fact, the census found that the percentage of all classified racial demographics remained similar between the two counts. About 1 percent of the population is black or African American, the same as in 2000. The percent of American Indian and Alaska Natives is still only .2 percent. Similarly, the percentage of Asian residents in Malibu is about 2.5 percent and the amount of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders is .2 percent, the same as in 2000.

There was a slight decrease in residents who identify with “some other race,” from 1.7 percent in 2000 to 1.4 percent today. The number of locals who identify with being Hispanic or Latino of any race saw a small increase, from 5.5 percent to just more than 6 percent. The percentage of residents who identify with two or more races remained at about 2.5 percent.

Malibu belongs to California’s most populous county and America’s most populated state. Los Angeles County is currently home to 9,818,605 residents. The Golden State counts a total of 37,253,956 people, a nearly 14 percent increase from the last result. Coming in second behind California is Texas, with 25,145,561 residents.

The first United States census was conducted in 1790 following the election of our first president. One hundred years go, the 1910 census reported 92,228,531 residents. In 2000, the U.S. was home to 281,421,906 people. The 2010 census counted a total of 308,745,538 current U.S. residents.