Babies and immigrants boost Stanislaus County’s population

12/13/2013 12:46 PM

12/13/2013 11:18 PM

Credit babies and immigrants for boosting Stanislaus County’s total population this year, but significantly more residents moved out of the county than moved in from other parts of America, just-released population estimates show.

Stanislaus’ population edged up by an estimated 4,129 people to 527,326. That’s 0.79 percent more than 2012, according to California Department of Finance estimates. Stanislaus remains California’s 16th most populous county (above Sonoma and below San Joaquin).

More than twice as many babies were born in Stanislaus than there were people who died between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. That was the primary reason the county’s population climbed.

An estimated 1,426 foreign immigrants moved into Stanislaus during the year. That more than made up for the 1,191 residents lost to domestic migration.

The trend of more people moving out of Stanislaus than moving in from other parts of the United States started after the region’s housing market collapsed and the recession began about six years ago.

Merced County’s population grew an estimated 1,964 during the year, pushing the total to 263,026. That was a 0.75 percent increase. It remains the 25th most populous county in the state.

Nearly three times more babies were born in Merced as there were deaths in the county; 580 immigrants moved in, which wasn’t enough to make up for the its 1,447 net loss to domestic migration.

San Joaquin County added 5,846 people, increasing its population to 703,919. That was a 0.84 percent boost, but San Joaquin remained the state’s 15th most populous county.

There were more than twice as many births than deaths in San Joaquin during the year. An estimated 2,296 immigrants moved in, while 1,808 more current American residents migrated out than migrated in.

Tuolumne County’s population increased by an estimated 177 people, breaking a multiyear losing streak. But that was a 0.33 percent increase to 54,278. It’s the 43rd most populous of California’s 58 counties.

As has been the case for years, more people died in Tuolumne than were born. And only a couple of dozen foreigners are estimated to have immigrated to the county. But Tuolumne had 288 more people migrate from other parts of the country than move out.

California’s population climbed by 332,166 people to 38.2 million. That was a 0.88 percent increase, and the state remains the nation’s largest.

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