This week, the California Department of Finance says the California has added 186,807 residents to the state for a total population of 39,927,315 as of January 1, 2019. The slowest growth rate (0.47 percent) is the slowest in the States 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.
In terms of population growth from housing production not related to wildfires, the top five cities include: Lathrop (5.2 percent) in San Joaquin County, San Juan Bautista (4.8 percent) in San Benito County, Dublin (4.4 percent) in Alameda County, Irwindale (4.1 percent) in Los Angeles County, and Beaumont (4.0 percent) in Riverside County
In Contra Costa County, it saw a 0.7% growth with 1,155,89 with the City of Brentwood showing the most growth within the county with 2.4% with 63,662 residents. The city of Oakley was the next fastest growing city with a 2% gain with 41,759.
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The report also highlights the California Wildfires:
- The Camp Fire in Butte County was the most destructive wildfire in California history, with over 14,600 housing units destroyed. The fire destroyed almost 90 percent of the housing stock and displaced 83 percent of the population in the Town of Paradise, which suffered the loss of 11,371 housing units. The majority of the displaced persons relocated to the surrounding cities of Chico and Oroville, each adding more than 20 percent to their total populations.
- With a population of 112,000, Chico saw the largest numeric change in the state, adding over 19,000 persons. With a population of 508,000 persons, Sacramento added over 7,400 persons. San Diego (1,421,000) added 6,200 persons, followed by Irvine (280,000) adding 6,100 persons. Santa Clarita (218,000) rounds out the top five cities by numeric growth with 5,700 new residents due to a large annexation from Los Angeles County.
- Throughout the state, more than 23,700 housing units were demolished in 2018, with wildfires heavily influencing a number of areas. The counties with most housing loss due to fire include Butte (14,600), Shasta (900), Ventura (700), and Lake (300). The City of Malibu in Los Angeles County also lost close to 500 housing units due to wildfire.
- Of the 14,235,000 housing units in California, 9,186,000 are single family and 4,490,000 are multi-family with 560,000 mobile homes. Multi-family housing growth outpaced single family housing by over 1,900 net units(“net” refers to new construction minus demolition), narrowing the difference from previous years but continuing a seven-year trend. Los Angeles led the state with 12,217multi-family units, comprising 73.9percent of their total housing growth, followed by San Diego (3,648 for 81.0 percent), San Francisco (2,277 for 99.5percent), and Irvine (1,439for 42.5percent).
- Group quarters account for about 2 percent of the total state population (849,000).This population includes, among others, those living in college dorms (243,000) and in correctional facilities (215,500).In 2018, the group quarters population grew by just over 200 people or 0.03 percent. The college dormitory population grew the fastest at 3,800 (1.6 percent), the military group quarters population decreased by 2,700 (4.8 percent), local jails decreased by 260 (less than 1 percent) and state prisons decreased by 370 (less than 1 percent)
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