Inland Empire population shows gains since 2010 census

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Cities in Riverside County had some of the largest population growth in the state from 2010 through last year, according to new estimates released Wednesday.

Beaumont, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Temecula are among the 20 cities in California that showed the greatest population increases between April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.

The populations of Beaumont, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Temecula, Coachella and Perris all increased by at least 5 percent in that same time frame, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Other findings of note from the data:

  • Locally, county-level population increased between 1 and 4 percent in Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial counties between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013. The largest county-level increase came in Riverside County.
County Pop. Estimate Pct. Change
Riverside 2,292,507 4.1%
San Diego 3,211,252 3.4%
Orange 3,114,363 3.2%
Santa Barbara 435,697 2.7%
San Bernardino 2,088,371 2.3%
Los Angeles 10,017,068 1.9%
Ventura 839,620 1.7%
Imperial 176,584 1.%
  • Among all cities in Los Angeles County, Santa Fe Springs (4.8 percent) and Azusa (3.2 percent) had the largest population increases according to estimates. Among cities within Los Angeles County with an estimated population of more than 50,000, Santa Monica had the largest increase.

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  • Only five Southern California cities lost population between April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 according to the estimates.

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  • Irvine's population grew 10.9 percent between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, the highest among cities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Imperial counties.
City County Pop. Estimate Pct. Change
Irvine Orange 236,716 10.9%
Imperial Imperial 16,184 8.9%
Beaumont Riverside 40,481 8.6%
Lake Elsinore Riverside 57,525 8.1%
Menifee Riverside 83,447 6.8%
San Marcos San Diego 89,387 6.4%
Temecula Riverside 106,780 5.8%
Coachella Riverside 43,092 5.1%
Perris Riverside 72,326 5.0%
Chula Vista San Diego 256,780 4.9%
  • Among all California counties, the largest population increases came in Placer, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Three Southern California counties made the top 10.
County Pop. Estimate Pct. Change
Placer 367,309 4.9%
Alameda 1,578,891 4.3%
Santa Clara 1,862,041 4.2%
Riverside 2,292,507 4.1%
San Francisco 837,442 3.9%
Contra Costa 1,094,205 3.9%
San Mateo 747,373 3.8%
San Benito 57,600 3.7%
San Diego 3,211,252 3.4%
Orange 3,114,363 3.2%

Wednesday's release by the U.S. Census Bureau is a more detailed look at population estimates released in March, which focused on metropolitan areas and county level population estimates. Those figures show California is home to three of the six most populous counties in the U.S: Los Angeles (first), San Diego (fifth) and Orange (sixth).

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