California population grows by 300K, nearing 40 million
December 21, 2017
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's population is approaching 40 million after growing by nearly 300,000 people during the year ending July 1, 2017, state officials reported Thursday in their annual county-by-county population update.
That puts the state's total population at 39.6 million, by far the largest in the country.
California's counties range in size from 10.3 million in Los Angeles, which is larger than most states, to tiny Alpine with just 1,141 people — nine fewer than a year ago.
El Dorado County saw an increase of 2,038 people — a 1.1 percent increase. El Dorado is the 30th largest of the state's 58 counties, according to the numbers.
Most of the population growth came from births, which outpaced deaths by 220,000. More people moved out of California than in from other U.S. states, but foreign immigration made up the difference. Total net migration added 80,000 people, according to the report by the Department of Finance.
The largest numeric increases were in the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Orange and San Bernardino, which each grew by more than 20,000 people. The biggest percentage jumps were in the Sacramento suburbs, the Inland Empire outside Los Angeles and the Central Valley.
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Thirteen counties shrank, most of them sparsely populated areas in far Northern California and the Sierra Nevada range. Marin County, which includes wealthy San Francisco suburbs north of the Golden Gate Bridge, lost 161 people.
Nine counties with more than 1 million people each comprise 70 percent of the state's population. They include the cities and suburbs of Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento as well as Silicon Valley and the East Bay outside San Francisco.
With 880,000 people, San Francisco is the state's 12th largest county.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s population is approaching 40 million after growing by nearly 300,000 people during the year ending July 1, 2017.
That puts the state’s total population at 39.6 million.
The state Department of Finance released its annual county-by-county population estimates on Thursday. California’s counties range in size from 10.3 million in Los Angeles, which is larger than most states, to tiny Alpine with just 1,100 people.
Most of the population growth came from births, which outpaced deaths by 220,000. There was a net gain of 80,000 people from other states and countries.
The largest numeric increases were in Southern California counties, while the biggest percentage jumps were in the Sacramento suburbs, the Inland Empire and the Central Valley.
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