No End In Sight for California Population Growth

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April 11, 2018
 
California has the highest population of any U.S. state at approximately 40 million, and there appears to be no end in sight to the Golden State’s population growth.

According to World Population Review, if the current rate of growth continues, California's population could reach 41 million by 2020.  It has also been estimated that approximately 6.3% of California’s population is made up of illegal aliens. While population growth has been statewide, growth in Southern California appears to be at a fever pitch.

The Press Enterprise recently detailed how and why a few southern California counties grew by 82,000 more people from 2016 to 2017: 
 
Over 82,000 more people were living in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in 2017 than 2016, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The biggest growth, not surprisingly, was in the two Inland counties, where housing is cheaper and home construction is feverishly trying to keep up with demand.

Riverside County alone added almost 37,000 new residents – the third-biggest population growth of any county in the nation. San Bernardino County added another 20,000 new residents, coming in at No. 18.

Los Angeles and Orange counties also grew by close to 13,000 residents each, enough to put both of them in the top 40 on a list of 3,220 counties, including Puerto Rico’s municipios.
 

Sadly, this population growth means more urban development and further destruction of California’s precious natural habitats and ecosystems.

If residents of California want to save some California for tomorrow, the most populous state in the union needs common sense policies to stabilize its population growth.
 
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