Posted: Dec 21, 2006, 8:21 PM
Join Date: Jun 2004
CA Population: 37,444,385
CALIFORNIA POPULATION CONTINUES SLOWER GROWTH PATTERN
ACCORDING TO NEW STATE DEMOGRAPHIC REPORT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Linda Gage, (916) 323-4086
December 20, 2006 H.D. Palmer, (916) 323-0648
SACRAMENTO – California’s population grew to 37,444,000 on July 1, 2006, according to official population estimates released today by the State Department of Finance. The growth of 1.25 percent, representing 462,000 new residents during the fiscal year, continued the pattern of slower growth rates each year since the 2.0-percent growth in 2000.
The balance of 552,000 births and 235,000 deaths resulted in a natural increase of 317,000 persons. This accounted for 68.5 percent of the 2006 fiscal year growth. Natural increase remains an increasing source of the state’s growth this decade. Net migration contributed over 146,000 new residents, 31.5 percent of the growth. This estimate includes all legal and unauthorized foreign immigrants, residents who left the state to live abroad, and the balance of hundreds of thousands of people moving to and from California from within the United States. During the fiscal year, the state gained over 213,000 new foreign immigrants and, similar to last year, experienced a modest loss of 67,000 persons to other states.
Since July 2000, the state has grown by 3.3 million persons for an overall growth rate of 9.8 percent. There have been 3.2 million births, 1.4 million deaths for a six-year natural increase of 1.8 million added to 1.4 million foreign immigrants and 105,000 domestic migrants.
Highlights of the July 1, 2006 county population report include:
15 Largest Counties:
- County population totals range from 1,256 persons in Alpine, the least populated county, to nearly 10.3 million persons in Los Angeles, the state's most populous county.
- The state’s nine largest counties, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Clara, Alameda, Sacramento and Contra Costa each have over one million residents and combined they are home to 70 percent of Californians.
- Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Kern counties posted the highest numeric population gains and account for nearly half of the state's growth. Growth in Riverside and Kern was primarily due to new residents from within the United States, including other counties in California. Growth in Los Angeles was due to natural increase, the county experienced net out-migration. Growth in San Bernardino was almost equally due to natural increase and net migration.
- Yuba, Riverside, Kern, Imperial, Alpine, and Sutter counties had the largest percentage increases in population, each growing more than 3 percent. Population change ranged from the highest growth rate of 4.42 percent in Yuba, the state's fastest growing county, to a 0.32-percent population loss in Plumas County.
- Net migration was the primary source of growth in 29 counties. Ten counties experienced net out-migration – Humboldt, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Monterey, Orange, Plumas, San Benito, Santa Barbara, and Solano
- Natural increase (more births than deaths) was the primary source of growth in the state and for 26 of the state’s 58 counties. Eleven counties experienced natural decrease (more deaths than births during the year) – Amador, Calaveras, Inyo, Lake, Mariposa, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Siskiyou, Trinity, and Tuolumne
- Twenty-four counties had a higher growth rate than the state while 32 counties had lower rates. Two counties posted slight population losses – Plumas and Inyo.
- Nine counties gained over 100,000 persons in the last six years – Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange, Sacramento, Kern, San Joaquin, and Fresno
- Los Angeles 10,292,723
- San Diego 3,084,634
- Orange 3,083,894
- San Bernardino 2,016,277
- Riverside 2,004,608
- Santa Clara 1,791,869
- Alameda 1,514,909
- Sacramento 1,396,353
- Contra Costa 1,034,874
- Fresno 909,399
- Ventura 821,698
- San Francisco 802,651
- Kern 796,331
- San Mateo 729,366
- San Joaquin 674,323