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Census Bureau estimates show uneven population growth across California

Yesterday, the United States Census Bureau released its latest estimates on population growth. The information was presented in two forms: for metropolitan statistical areas (MSA), and for counties.

In northwest Orange County, we get lumped into the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim MSA. You have to dive down into the tables to find out population information specific to Orange County. When you do, you find that in 2010, the population of Orange County was 3,010,232. That’s used as a basis for estimating population growth (or loss) through 2018. Our MSA comes in second nationally, behind only New York-Newark-Jersey City in population.

The US Census Bureau estimates Orange County’s 2018 population at 3,185,968 — or estimated growth of 175,736. It is the fourth the state for population growth.

Meantime, Los Angeles County grew by 286,913. It ranks first in the state for population growth.

Riverside County grew by 261,117. It ranks second in the state for population growth.

San Bernardino grew by County by 136,393. It ranks seventh in the state for population growth.

San Diego County grew by 248,051. It ranks third in the state for population growth.

Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area fill out the top ten ranks.

In national rankings, California claims four of the most populous counties: Los Angles (first); San Diego (fifth); Orange (sixth); and Riverside (tenth).

However, in population numeric growth from 2017 to 2018, Texas outranked California four counties to one in the top ten. Riverside County is fifth.

No California county is ranked in the top ten for percentage growth. (Texas has four, Florida two.)

So… coastal California continues to grow, not so much inland California.