Dec 12, 2013 7:44 PM
Q: How big is California's population?
A: The state's population is the largest in the U.S. with 38.2 million residents.
Q: Why did the state experience higher annual growth last year?
A: As California's economy recovers and adds jobs, more foreign immigrants are being drawn to the state.
Q: What is immigration's impact on growth?
A: Without foreign immigration, more people would be leaving California for other states than moving here. The state drew 169,000 new foreign immigrants over the past year, while nearly 103,000 people moved to other states.
Q: Who are these foreign immigrants:
A: Many are young, well-educated people from Asian countries who are pursuing job opportunities in Silicon Valley.
Q: Where is the state growing fastest?
A: Alameda County, near Silicon Valley, grew fastest during the year, increasing its population to nearly 1.6 million people, a gain of almost 1.7 percent.
Q: Where is most of the state's population located?
A: More than half of all California residents live in just five counties: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino.
Q: How does the state's growth compare to a decade ago?
A: Growth has slowed since a decade ago, when the population increased 1.29 percent to nearly 35.4 million.
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