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Modest growth as California population hits 37.8 million

SACRAMENTO — California's population grew at the same modest pace during the year that ended in July as it did during the previous 12 months, sending the population to 37.8 million, according to a state population estimate released Thursday.

The report by the Department of Finance also found the state lost 14,000 people due to net migration, meaning more people left California than moved in. While the state gained about 96,000 immigrants from other countries, it lost nearly 110,000 people to other states.

That marked the smallest net migration loss for California in recent years, suggesting a slowdown in the flow of people who are relocating.

However, due to the birth rate, California added 256,000 people from July 2011 to July 2012 for a growth rate of 0.7 percent. During the past year, the state logged more than a half-million births compared with 234,000 deaths.

In recent decades, California routinely grew from births and from incoming migration. However, state figures show there has been a net loss in migration each year since 2004.


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