Last week, The Voice reported that between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, California’s population had grown—but barely.
The slow growth trend has remained fairly consistent in recent years as compared to the state’s robust population growth of previous years.
The population report released by the state’s Department of Finance (DOF) last week, also held other less than encouraging information— the department revealed that during the same period, the state’s birth rate fell to an all-time low.
The report did however, contain some good news for the inland region—both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties grew at a faster pace than most other places in the state.
The state’s nine largest counties are Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Alameda, Sacramento, and Contra Costa. Each has over one million residents. These counties represent 70 percent of California’s population.
The DOF reported Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Orange, and San Bernardino counties posted the highest numeric population gains and accounted for nearly half of the state's growth. The DOF stressed that growth in these counties was due primarily to natural increase, although most of the counties had positive net migration as well.
Also, according to the report, the population of Riverside County one of the fastest growing counties in the state—Riverside County is the 10th largest county in the United States and the fourth-largest in California. The level of growth in Riverside County was second only to Los Angeles and just ahead of San Diego, Orange and its sister inland county of San Bernardino.
Population estimates are developed using aggregate data from a variety of sources. Those sources include birth and death counts provided by the Department of Public Health; number of driver's licenses and driver’s license address change data from the Department of Motor Vehicles; housing unit data from local governments; school enrollment data from the Department of Education; and federal income tax return data from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.