May 8, 2019
California added 186,807 residents to bring the state’s estimated total population to 39,927,315 as of January 1st, 2019, according to new population estimates and housing data released by the California Department of Finance. The population growth rate of 0.47% for 2018 is the slowest in the Golden State’s history.
This rate is driven by a significant decline in births, down by more than 18,000 over the previous year, as well and data reflecting lower student enrollment. Deaths continued an upward trend seen since 2010 as California’s “Baby Boomers” continue to age. Dramatic population changes were caused by the state’s catastrophic wildfires, too.
Among California’s 10 largest cities, Sacramento experienced the largest percentage gain in population (1.49%, or 7,400) with Bakersfield (1.11%, or 4,300) a distant second.
By comparison, researchers say California’s annual population typically grew by an average of 333,000 since 2010.
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