Modest growth as California population hits 37.8M

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A new report shows California’s population continues to grow at the same modest rate it did last year.

The state Department of Finance released its latest population estimates on Thursday. They show a growth rate of 0.7 percent, the same as last year’s rate.

California added 256,000 people between July 2011 and July 2012. That brought the state population to more than 37.8 million people.

The bulk of the growth was driven by natural births. Over the past year, the state logged more than a half million births compared to 234,000 deaths.

The report found that the state lost 14,000 people due to net migration, meaning more people left California than the number of people moving in.

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