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Sacramento Region Added 25,000 Residents In 2018 While Los Angeles Lost Population

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento region added nearly 25,000 residents in 2018 while Los Angeles lost population, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday.

Sacramento’s population gain was second only to the Riverside-San Bernardino metro area, which added more than 50,000 according to new Census estimates. Nationally Dallas, Phoenix and Houston grew the most.

While the Los Angeles metro area saw a slight decline of 7,223 residents — only 0.05 percent — it was the first time the region has lost population this decade. The New York and Chicago metro areas also experienced declines.

Here are some other notes from the Census release:

  • California’s population is up about 1,570,000 people since last year, up to 39,557,045.
  • That was even though California as a whole lost 156,068 to domestic migration, people moving within the United States.
  • The Sacramento metro area brought in 10,448 people from other places in the country as well as 5,831 international migrants.
  • Amador and Placer counties were some of the fastest-growing areas of the state, each increasing their population by around 2%. Yuba County grew at a rate of 1.6%. San Benito County on the Central Coast grew 2.2%, tops in the state.
  • Alpine County, the smallest in California with only around 1,100 residents, also lost 1.78% percent of its population in the past year, the most of any county in the state in 2018.

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