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Of the 10 largest cities in California, Sacramento grew by the largest percentage with a 1.4 percent increase, according to a state report in May 2017. The city’s population rose to 493,025 in 2016. Los Angeles is the dominant population center, t
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Of the 10 largest cities in California, Sacramento grew by the largest percentage with a 1.4 percent increase, according to a state report in May 2017. The city’s population rose to 493,025 in 2016. Los Angeles is the dominant population center, t

Of the 10 largest cities in California, Sacramento grew by the largest percentage with a 1.4 percent increase, according to the report released Monday by the California Department of Finance.

The city of Sacramento’s population rose to 493,025 in 2016.

California's total population grew to 39.5 million in 2016.

The state added more than 300,000 residents last year with the largest increases in big cities, according to the report.

Within Sacramento County, Rancho Cordova saw its population rise 2.2 percent, to 73,872; Elk Grove 1.7 percent, to 171,059; and Folsom 1.6 percent, to 78,525.

Sacramento area counties that saw substantial growth included Amador (1.9 percent) and Yolo (1.6 percent). In Yolo County, the population of the city of Davis rose 1.5 percent, to 68,740.

El Dorado County’s population only rose 0.4 percent, to 185,062.

Los Angeles grew by more than 40,000 people and now is home to more than 4 million. San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco also saw significant population gains.

Cities with the largest declines in population percentage all saw decreases because of the loss of group living quarters such as prisons, college dormitories and military barracks. Declines in the state prison population resulted in nearly 4 percent declines in Crescent City in Del Norte County and Corcoran in Kings County.

While cities grow, they may not be adding enough housing units to keep up.

California has seen a relatively modest population growth, 2.3 million or 6 percent, since 2010, but has added just 400,000 housing units, a 2.9 percent increase.

Housing growth in the state picked up last year. California added nearly 90,000 new housing units, bringing the total number of units in the state over 14 million for the first time.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the population of the city of Davis.

David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio

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