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California population grows to 37.8 million

December 13, 2012 | 10:38 am

Population

California’s population has grown to 37.8 million, an increase of about 256,000 people since 2011, according to new figures from the state Department of Finance. But more people are moving out of the state than moving in, the numbers show.

There were approximately 503,000 births and 234,000 deaths in California between July 2011 and July 2012, a net increase of 269,000 people, according to the report. That means about 14,000 more people moved out of the state than moved in.

Los Angeles remains the state’s most populous county with more than 9.9 million residents. More than 26% of the state’s entire population lives within the L.A. County limits.

The state’s least populated county is Alpine with just over 1,100 residents.

Five California counties saw population growth of more than 1%, including Placer, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Riverside and San Benito.

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Photo: More than 500,000 new births in California in the last year have pushed the state's population to 37.8 million people. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times.

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