July 12, 2020
Inland Empire leads population rate gains
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – There is more evidence that California’s population growth rate is slowing.

New figures show the rate slipped to .35 percent during the 12 months ending last July 1st. It was one of only the two slowest growth rates since 1900.

The State Department of Finance attributed the slow down to fewer births, increased deaths associated with an aging population, lower international migration and higher out-migration.

Smaller counties in more remote areas either lost population or grew very little. Several coastal counties also lost population.

Inland Counties had the highest population growth rates. Riverside County topped the list at .94% adding 22,740. San Bernardino County was not far behind at .86% with a gain of 18,710.

Riverside and San Bernardino counties, which comprise the Inland Empire, posted the highest numeric population gains, and accounted for 29 percent of the state's growth during this period. Population growth in San
Bernardino County (18,710) was due primarily to natural increase, while Riverside’s source of growth (22,740) was largely from domestic and international migration.
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