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Californians Now Number More Than 38 Million

California grew by 332,000 people between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013 and now has more than 38.2 million residents, according to population estimates released December 12 by the Department of Finance.

It’s the biggest numeric gain and percentage gain – nearly 1 percent – since 2004.

Eighty percent of the increase comes from births. Immigration added 66,000 people, the department estimates.

Since the U.S. census in April 2010, California’s population has grown by more than 950,000 – principally from births of new residents outnumbering deaths.

California’s constitution requires the department to produce the estimates, which are used for budgeting and needs assessment by the state, counties, academic institutions and Read more »



Slight Population Growth in 2012, Brown Administration Reports

SACRAMENTO— California’s population grew by almost 298,000 residents in 2012 to 37,966,000 as of January 1, 2013, according to a population report released today by the Department of Finance. 

The report shows preliminary January 2013, as well as revised January 2012, population data for cities. Highlights include: 

The San Francisco Bay area leads the state as the fastest growing region. Four out of the five fastest growing counties are in the Bay area. Santa Clara County is the fastest growing county in the state at 1.6 percent. Alameda, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties all had growth rates over 1 percent.  The City of Los Angeles, California’s largest Read more »



California’s Population Grows Slightly to 37.8 Million

SACRAMENTO – California’s population grew by 256,000 between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012 to total more than 37.8 million persons, according to official population estimates released today by Gov. Jerry Brown’s Department of Finance. The current growth rate of 0.7 percent is about the same as last year’s population growth, and continues the pattern of modest growth rates over the past few years.

As in the last decade, natural increase remains the primary source of the state’s growth. The natural increase of 269,000 in the past year is composed of approximately 503,000 births minus 234,000 deaths. Births continued to decline statewide while deaths increased over the Read more »



Who Uses Social Media?

Who doesn’t is increasingly the better question.

In one infographic created by, a Dubai website design team, it’s estimated there are more than 2 billion persons online – some 30 percent of the world’s population.

The highest concentrations of users are in North America, Europe and Oceania.

A US Internet user averages 32 hours online. The average in roughly half that for global users.

There are 4 billion YouTube views per day and 1 billion Google searches.

A second infographic examines social networking use.

Facebook had 901 million visits, followed by Twitter with 555 million and Google with 170 million, says.

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State Schools Chief Announces More Than 10,000 Students Earn New “State Seal of Biliteracy”

SACRAMENTO—More than 10,000 graduating high school students across California have earned the first state recognition in the nation for achieving proficiency in multiple languages, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced July 5.

The “State Seal of Biliteracy” was established by Assembly Bill 815 — authored by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, a Santa Monica Democrat — to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. It takes the form of a gold seal affixed to the high school diplomas of qualified students. School district Read more »



California’s Population is Now Almost 37.7 million

California’s population grew by almost 251,000 new residents in 2011 – a 0.7- percent growth rate – to total 37,679,000 as of this January 1st, according to a new population report released May 1 by the Department of Finance.

The City of Los Angeles, California’s largest city, has a population of 3,825,297. Los Angeles grew by almost 19,000 persons during 2011.

San Diego, California’s second largest city, now has a population of 1,321,315 and added almost 12,000 persons during the year.

San Jose, California’s third largest city, now has a population of 971,372 and added over 14,000 persons during the year.

The complete press release.


As The Assembly Conducts Its Annual ‘Woman of the Year” Ceremony March 26…

As The Assembly Conducts Its Annual ‘Woman of the Year” Ceremony March 26…

…Its 80 members and their honorees should consider these facts from a March 5 article in The Daily Beast called “Women and the Leadership Gap:” 

The United States ranks 71st in the world in female legislative representation. Bangladesh, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates score higher.

Seventeen percent of US Senators are women. Only 16.8 percent of the House of Representatives. 

The Supreme Court has three women justices out of nine.

Six of the country’s 50 governors — 12 percent — are women.

In state legislatures, 23.6 percent of elected representatives are female.

Nine percent of mayors of the nations 100 largest cities are women.


To California’s Read more »



The Graying of California

“The state should see more than a 50 percent increase in the population over age 65″ between now and 2020, according to the Legislative Analyst’s California Facts for 2011.  

Some 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 every day — and will continue to do so for 19 years. 

About 4.4 million Californians are over 65, 11.5 percent of the population. By 2030, nearly 8.3 million Californians will be over 65, almost 18 percent of the population. 

Over one in every eight — or 12. percent — of the population is over 65 years of age. Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years, 19.9 years for females and 17.2 years for males, according to Read more »



California’s Population Grows a Bit to 37.5 Million

California’s population grew less than one percent between July 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011 to total more than 37.5 million persons, according to official population estimates released today by Gov. Jerry Brown’s Department of Finance.

This represents 260,000 new residents during the fiscal year and continues the pattern of modest growth rates over the past few years. The current growth rate of 0.70 percent is a slight increase over last year’s growth of 0.65 percent.

The press release




Some Interesting Statistics About California’s Workforce

More than 16.5 million Californians over the age of 16 work, according to the US Census Bureau.

Just over 2 million Californians are unemployed, according to the 2009 American Community Survey conducted by the federal government. That translates to 11.3 percent of the workforce – a percentage point lower than the unemployment rate calculated by the state.

Of the 14.4 million women over the age of 16, a little over half — 7.5 million — are employed.

More than one-third of the 16.5 million Californians employed in the civilian workforce – nearly 6 million – have jobs in what the federal government classifies as “management, professional and related occupations.”

Just over 1 million have Read more »