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Population Primer

Some of California’s smallest cities experienced big increases in population from 1996 to 1997. A look at the cities with the largest percentage increases in population during the period:

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Rank City County Percentage increase 1 Chowchilla Madera 93.2% 2 Soledad Monterey 28.5 3 Laguna Hills Orange 19.3 4 Susanville Lassen 17.5 5 Orange Cove Fresno 15.7 6 Blythe Riverside 12.0 7 Brentwood Contra Costa 9.9 8 Parlier Fresno 9.8 9 Watsonville Santa Cruz 8.3 10 Kerman Fresno 6.7 11 Clayton Contra Costa 6.6 12 Chico Butte 6.5 13 Irwindale Los Angeles 6.4 14 Lemoore Kings 6.3 15 Greenfield Monterey 5.7 16 (tie) Dixon Solano 5.0 (tie) Amador Amador 5.0 18 La Quinta Riverside 4.9 19 Roseville Placer 4.8 20 Hanford Kings 4.6

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Source: California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit


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