California population continues slowly inching upwards

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California's population has once again grown by less than 1 percent, according to the state Department of Finance. In the past decade, the state has seen only a 10 percent population increase — the lowest rise in its history.

California has long been known for and, some might say, defined by its explosive population growth, as migrants flock from the east and south to "live the California dream." But those days could, finally, be numbered.

In new figures released Tuesday, the department said the state's population grew by less than 1 percent over a yearlong period. The state gained about 260,000 new residents.

Nearly all of the increase is due to a higher number of births than deaths in the state.

During the fiscal year, the state gained about 132,000 new foreign immigrants, but lost 154,000 domestic migrants to other states. This is the fifth year running in which California has lost more than 100,000 persons annually to the rest of the country.

Five counties — Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties — accounted for more than half the state's growth. California's population has been in an eastward drift since 2000, and more people now live in the Inland Empire than in Los Angeles.

California's still reins supreme so far in overall population, and the population is projected to reach nearly 47 million by 2025.