Alameda County had the highest growth rate in California between July 2012 and July 2013, according to new population estimates from the state Department of Finance. The county grew by nearly 26,000 people to a total of roughly 1.6 million residents. That’s a growth rate of 1.7 percent compared to a statewide growth rate of 0.9 percent.
Of the new residents, 10,457 were babies born in Alameda County and 15,367 moved to the state from foreign countries or other states. The population estimates include legal and illegal immigration.
Overall, California’s population grew by 332,000 people to 38.2 million residents.