Los Angeles County population tops 9.9 million, 26% of state


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More than one in four Californians lives within Los Angeles County, according to new numbers from the state Department of Finance.

The county’s population grew by nearly 51,000 residents over the last year. In all, more than 9.9 million people now live in Los Angeles County, accounting for more than 26% of California’s population.


The state’s overall population is now more than 37.8 million, an increase of about 256,000 people since 2011, according to the report.

But more people are moving out of the state than moving in, the numbers show. There were approximately 503,000 births and 234,000 deaths in California between July 2011 and July 2012, a net increase of 269,000 people. That means about 14,000 more people moved out of the state than relocated to California.

Five California counties saw population growth of more than 1%: Placer, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Riverside and San Benito.

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