State population growth slows
December 17, 2009
People still might be migrating West, but not necessarily to the Golden State. California’s population grew less than 1 percent in 2008, the slowest growth rate in more than a decade. The minimal growth barely kept up with the number of people actually leaving the state, according to Department of Finance data reported in the Los Angeles Times.
Overall, California’s population grew to 38,487,889, with 141,865 people leaving the state and 179,493 arriving. Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and Santa Clara counties posted the highest population gains.