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Riverside County population growth slows

December 12th, 2013 | by Barrett Newkirk | Comments
A crowd gathers at the Galilee Center in Mecca on the day before Thanksgiving. Michael Snyder/The Desert Sun

A crowd gathers at the Galilee Center in Mecca on the day before Thanksgiving. Michael Snyder/The Desert Sun

Riverside County has added nearly 18,000 people to its population, the first year-over-year increase of less than 1 percent in the past few years.

New population figures out from the state on Thursday put the county’s population at 2,267,760 as of July 1, 2013. That count is considered preliminary and represents an increase of  of 17,987 (or 0.8 percent) from a year earlier. Only five counties saw their populations grow by more 1 percent.

Riverside County previously saw two consecutive annual population increases of 1.3 percent. Since 2010, the county has added 75,830 people.

Riverside ranks as California’s fourth most populous county behind Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties. San Bernardino County is in fifth place.

One interesting note: 54 percent of California’s population lives in those five counties.

“Since the national census on April 1, 2010, the state has grown by 951,000 persons,” the California Department of Finance said in a news release. “Much of this growth has been concentrated in urban coastal counties, plus a few valley counties. Several
smaller counties in more remote areas of California lost population last year.”

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