Slow growth rate for state

The California Department of Finance’s demographic unit has calculated that California gained fewer than 300,000 new residents in 2012 for a growth rate of 0.8 percent.

Numerically, that’s about half the annual growth California experienced during the 1980s, when high immigration and birth rates hit the state, and proportionately it’s scarcely a third of the 1980s rate.

Working off 2010 census data, state demographers estimated California’s population at 37,966,000 on Jan. 1, up 298,000 over the previous year.

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