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Central Valley Communities Some Of The Fastest Growing In The State


San Joaquin County’s population will reach the one million mark by 2039 according to a new study. Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced Counties are among the fastest growing in the state.

Stockton’s population will swell to 560,000 by the year 2060.

That’s according to a report by the Council of Governments in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties and the University of the Pacific Business Forecasting Center.

Center Director Jeff Michael says some cities will see tremendous growth over the next 40 years.

“The fastest growing city in the projection is Lathrop in percentage terms, projected to quadruple in size from about 23,000 to about 100,000.”

Michael says of the three counties San Joaquin will see the most growth, the majority of it from Hispanic and Asian populations.

“Forty percent of the county population is Hispanic, and they’re going to account for a little more than half of the population growth over time.”

Michael says most of the future jobs will be in government, health services, and education.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio