Thursday, May 04, 2006

Who is living where?

The town of Lincoln was responsible for 75 percent of Placer County’s growth this last year. According to the Department of Finance, that not surprisingly keeps track of who is where, Placer County was the fifth fastest-growing county in the state, finishing the year with a 2.6 percent increase in population or 316,508 people. Lincoln led the state as the fastest-growing city with a 22.6 percentage gain in population from 27,408 at the end of 2004 to 33,589 in December of 2005. Lincoln’s Community Development Department is estimating 1,500 to 1,700 more new homes will be built during 2006 down from 2,900 built in 2005.

Two Placer County cities lost residents. Colfax dropped a few people from 1,840 to 1,825 and Rocklin’s population declined 1 percent during the year to 50,920. Auburn remained nearly the same at 12,972. Loomis increase its population 2.3 percent to 1,825 and Roseville had a slight increase ending the year with 104,655 people.

Nevada County’s population topped 100,000 for the first time but the town of Grass Valley decreased 4 percent to 13,031.

El Dorado County increased in numbers from 173,511 to 176,204 but most of the yearly growth was either in El Dorado Hills or the more rural areas. Placerville and South Lake Tahoe experienced a loss of local residents.

Of the 478 California cities 357 gained population, 8 including Auburn experienced no change and 113 including Colfax and Rocklin lost population.

California County populations range from 1,241 people living in Alpine County to 10.2 million living in Los Angeles County. L.A. is the most populous county in the nation and has 27 percent of our state’s population. Only seven states have more people than does L.A., which is a good reason not to be there.


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