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The California Department of Finance recently released a new estimate of San Diego County’s population growth. According to the DOF, San Diego’s population grew by 46,634 people in the year to July 2008. This 1.5 percent increase represents the fastest annual percent growth since 2003.
We looked at the difference between the Census and DOF population stats a while back and found that the consensus at the time seemed to be that the DOF data was better. So I will stick with that assumption unless I hear otherwise.
According to the DOF, people moving to San Diego from elsewhere in the United States accounted for only 3,032 people out of the 46,634-person total increase. The remainder of the increase was due to immigration (16,053 people) and natural population growth (births minus deaths, totalling 27,549 people).
Note that the growth in San Diego’s population is taking place even as the number of employed San Diegans is on the decline.
— RICH TOSCANO