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S.F. and Oakland Populations Hit All-Time Highs


You officially share San Francisco with 874,227 other people.

According to the California Department of Finance, the City by the Bay hit a new all-time high as of Jan. 1, 2017, adding 9,000 people (or just over one percent) to 2016’s population of 865,000. And Oakland grew by 7,000 to reach 426,000. Meanwhile, California grew by 335,000 people — or the entire population of Iceland — to hit a new high, 39.5 million, which is 2.25 million more inhabitants than the 2010 census recorded. Los Angeles, the second-biggest city in the country, crossed the 4 million mark for the first time, and San Jose, the largest-city in the Bay Area, hit 1,046,000.

Of the fastest-growing cities over 30,000, Menlo Park came in first, growing 5.5 percent year-over-year to reach 35,000 people. Rocklin, a Sacramento suburb, was the second-fastest, and Dublin was third.

For its part, the US Census will release its population estimates later this year, although because of the state’s large population of undocumented immigrants and migrant agricultural workers without a fixed address, the feds have a history of undercounting California’s numbers. So the state’s own estimates might be more accurate.

Housing pressures are particularly dire here, but the shortage is statewide, and the report states that the number of units completed in 2016 was 31 percent higher than the year before. And of those 89,000 new homes, 5,114 were in San Francisco. The prospect of S.F. reaching a population of 1 million — which gives 48 Hills the chills from time to time — seems fairly certain. Plenty can change between now and then, but at the rate we’re going, we’ll get there in 2030 (by which time the city’s population of people under 18 might have reached zero).

Also, in spite of Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to reduce the enormous number of people incarcerated in California, Amador County — a rural county south of Placerville in the Sierra foothills — was the fastest-growing, largely owing to growth in its prison population. However Crescent City, home to Pelican Bay State Prison — and the seat of Del Norte County, the only coastal county in California to vote for Donald Trump — was the fastest-shrinking city in the state.

Fall into a demography K-hole here.

Peter Lawrence Kane

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