California continues slow population growth

AP News

12/6/2011 3:19:51 PM - AP News
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Department of Finance says California is continuing its recent trend of slow population growth, standing at about 37.5 million residents as of July 1.In new figures released Tuesday, ( ) the department said the state's population grew by less than 1 percent over a yearlong period — about 260,000 new residents.Nearly all of the increase is due to a higher number of births than deaths in the state.California lost about 154,000 residents to other states in the one-year span, but that was offset by about 132,000 new foreign immigrants.Five counties — Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino — accounted for more than half the state's growth.California has grown by about 325,000 residents since the U.S. Census on April 1, 2010.