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California Population Growth Rate Highest In Years

— New figures show that over the last year, California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade.

The state Department of Finance said Thursday that California added 332,000 people between July 1, 2012 and July 1 of this year. The state population now stands at 38.2 million.

Demographers say the overall 0.9 percent growth rate was the highest since 2003-04, before the recession.

The increase was largely driven by new births. Migration added only 66,000 people.

Alameda and Santa Clara counties in the San Francisco Bay Area saw the largest percentage increases in population, followed by Santa Barbara, Placer and Kern counties. Some remote counties saw population declines.

More than half of all Californians live in just five counties: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino.

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CaliforniaDefender | December 12, 2013 at 12:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 1 month ago

Terrible news!

We need to do more to stop illegal immigration and encourage migration out of California to protect our environment, natural resources, and economy.

Punitive taxation on new construction would be a good start. We must also implement tax policies that discourage having more than 2 children and reward those having fewer.

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