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California added 393,000 people in 2009 while L.A. grew by 44,000, report says

April 30, 2010 |  7:02 am


California added 393,000 new people in 2009, while Los Angeles added 44,000, according to a new report from the state Department of Finance.

Officials said the state's housing growth in 2009 underscored the severity of the housing downturn. Only 62,300 new homes were added in California in 2009 -- a big decline from the boom years of the mid-decade. For example, in 2005 the state added 197,477 new units; in 2006, 172,458 units were added.

According to the report, Colfax in Placer County was California's fastest growing city (5.7%), followed by Beaumont in Riverside County (5.5%), Sand City in Monterey County (5.4%), Coachella in Riverside County (3.8%), and Oakley in Contra Costa County (3.3%).

California now has more than 38.6 million residents.

Los Angeles remains by far the state's largest city with 4,094,764. San Diego is No. 2 with 1,376,173.

Fresno reached a milestone in 2009, surpassing the 500,000 population mark.

Photo: New housing tract. Credit: Los Angeles Times