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California population hits 37.5 million

December 6, 2011 |  2:40 pm

California added more than 260,000 new residents in the last year, pushing the total population to 37.5 million, according to new numbers from the state Department of Finance.

Business reporter Marc Lifsher reports some of the highlights from the new state report:

--Of California's 58 counties, Los Angeles was the most populous with 9.8 million people while Alpine in the Sierra Nevada had just 1,109.

--Seventy percent of all Californians live in just nine counties: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Alameda, Sacramento and Contra Costa.

Read more about the latest population figures on our Money & Company blog.

-- Anthony York in Sacramento