USC Research: California Population Growth Returning to Normal

A new report by John Pitkin and Dowell Myers from USC’s PopDynamics Research Group argues that the population of California will grow at a lower rate than was estimated by the state’s Department of Finance in 2007.  The authors believe that growth in each of the next four decades will be of the order of 3 to 4 million people.  This constitutes a return to normality and is in line with each of the past five decades, with the notable exception of the 1980s when the state’s population grew by a record 6.1 million. The new figures imply a decline in the rate of growth.  As elsewhere in the developed world, the number of seniors will rise sharply. read the summary or the full report.