Apr 30, 2014 5:04 PM
California and Chico’s population grew 1 percent in 2013. The state has exceeded 38.3 million, and the highest growth rate was in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Data released Wednesday by the state Department of Finance show California added 356,000 people last year. A more detailed population report released in December said births outpacing deaths was one factor in the growth rate.
Butte County’s population jumped from 221,127 people to 222,316 people. Chico’s population increased from 87,534 to 88,389, a 1 percent increase, while in Shasta County population numbers remained relatively unchanged.
Wednesday's report says San Jose, the state's third largest city behind Los Angeles and San Diego, hit 1 million residents for the first time.
Santa Clara County, which includes San Jose, was the fastest growing county at 1.5 percent, followed closely by Alameda County. In all, three of the five fastest-growing counties were in the Bay Area.
Despite the overall growth, rural counties such as Amador, Calaveras and Plumas, generally lost population.
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