California is still growing, thanks to its birthrate.
The Golden State's population ticked up during the most recent fiscal year by 256,000 residents, or 0.68 percent, bringing the state's total to 37,826,000 people.
That's according to the state Department of Finance, whose demographers update population statistics each year.
The state has seen annual population growth rates below 1 percent since 2004-05. The new report shows California had 503,000 births last fiscal year and 234,000 deaths. About 13,500 more people left the state than moved in during that period.
Placer County again topped the list in population expansion with 1.21 percent growth, to 360,680 residents. Santa Clara County followed close behind with 1.20 percent growth to 1,828,597 residents.
Lassen County saw the biggest population decrease, losing 2.94 percent, down to 33,650 residents.
Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer said Lassen has suffered significant population declines since the state began shifting lower-level prisoners and parolees to counties, resulting in fewer inmates at the county's California Correctional Center and High Desert State Prison.
Today is the day that Secretary of State Debra Bowen will issue California's official Statement of Vote the official results of the Nov. 6 state and federal races. County officials had until last Friday to report their final results to Bowen's office, which has until today to certify them. Look for numbers in statewide contests as well as legislative and congressional races.
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