California’s population has stalled at 39 million people as the state's growth rate slows because of more people leaving the state for other parts of the country.
An estimate released Friday, Dec. 20, showed California added 141,300 people from July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, bringing its total population to 39.96 million by July 1.
Adding births and subtracting deaths, California added more than 180,000 people for the 12 months ending July 1. But more people left the state, resulting in a net migration loss of 39,500 people. State officials said it’s the first time since the 2010 census that California had more people leave than it had move in.
California’s population nearly tripled in the last half of the 20th century and is now the world’s fifth-largest economy. It remai