California’s gained nearly 440-thousand new residents between 2006 and 2007. That represents a nearly 1.2 percent increase in the state’s population. Growth has slowed since 2000. Mary Heim is the Chief of the Demographic Research Unit for the state Department of Finance.
“75-percent of the growth in California is due to natural increase and that’s the excess of births over deaths.”
Heim says the state is also still gaining residents from other countries —which is making up for what she calls a “modest loss” of Californians to other states. Riverside, L.A., San Diego and San Bernardino accounted for nearly half the state’s population growth.
Since the last census in 2000, the state has grown by nearly 4-million people.