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California's population grows less than 1 percent

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's population has grown less than 1 percent over the last year, up slightly from the year before.

The state Department of Finance reported Thursday that California added 350,000 new residents from July 2009 to July 2010. That puts the state's total population at 38.8 million.

Most of the population growth is due to births. The state gained more than 138,000 foreign immigrants and saw 72,000 people leave California.

More than half the population growth was in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Riverside and Placer counties had the highest percentage increases in population in the state.

The state's population grew 0.84 percent the year before.

 

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