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Census: California population now tops 38 million

December 30th, 2013 | by Barrett Newkirk | Comments
A crowd scrambles to pick up the carnations dropped at The Palm Springs Air Museum, Monday, May 27th, 2013.  Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun

A crowd scrambles to pick up the carnations dropped at The Palm Springs Air Museum, Monday, May 27th, 2013. Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun

California, the most populous state in the nation, is now home to more than 38 million people, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau released Monday.

The Census put the Golden State’s population at 38,332,521 as of July 1, 2013. California’s population was 37.3 million at the time of the last national census in April 2010 and was estimated to be just under the 38 million mark in July 2012.

The Census Bureau put the nation’s population at 316 million, up from the nearly 309 million people counted in 2010. Texas is the second most populous state with around 26.4 million residents.

The state released its own population estimates earlier this month that placed slightly fewer people in California, 38.2 million. The state estimated 2,267,760 people were living in Riverside County.

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