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Sacramento Is Fastest-Growing Big City In California

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento is the fastest-growing big city in California, according to numbers released Monday by the state finance department.

The state capital grew by nearly 1.5 percent last year, the highest percentage among California's ten largest cities.

While Sacramento is adding new residents, housing is not being added as quickly.

Greg Sandlund is a senior planner with the city. He says Sacramento's housing supply is at an all-time low, with new housing units not keeping up with demand over the past several years, but that's changing.

"Things are picking up. We doubled our housing production to over a thousand homes last year, but we have a lot of ground to cover."

Sandlund says the city should be adding more than 3,000 homes each year to meet growth projections.

Meanwhile, surrounding counties are adding people quickly too. The state finance numbers show the top three fastest growing counties are all in the Sacramento area.

Amador County tops the list with a nearly 2-percent increase, followed by Placer at 1.8 percent and Yolo County with 1.6 percent.

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