Tracy population inches above 84K
by TP staff
May 02, 2013 | 2123 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy’s population grew by 498 people in 2012 to 84,060 — a modest 0.6 percent increase according to the California Department of Finance.

The relatively small increase over the 2011 total of 83,562 reflects limited construction in Tracy. Only 20 building permits for new homes were issued in 2012.

Population estimates, as of Jan. 1, showed Manteca was the fastest-growing city in San Joaquin County, with a 2.3 percent population increase during the same time period, boosting its population to 71,164, from 69,536.

Populations of other cities in San Joaquin County in 2012 are Stockton, 296,344; Lodi, 62,930; Lathrop, 19,209; Ripon, 14,606; and Escalon, 7,177.

San Joaquin County’s population is pegged at 698,414, a 0.8 percent increase from the 2011 total of 692,997. The county total includes 142,893 residents in its unincorporated areas.

California’s population grew by almost 298,000 residents in 2012 to 37,966,000, according to the state report.

The San Francisco Bay Area was California’s fastest-growing region, with four of the five fastest growing counties in the state.

Santa Clara County is the fastest growing county in the state with a 1.6 percent increase, while Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco all had growth rates of more than 1 percent.

The fastest growing city in California was Santa Clarita in northern Los Angeles County, with a 15.4 percent increase to 204,951.

California’s largest city is Los Angeles — population 3,863,839 — followed by San Diego, 1,326,238; San Jose, 984,299; and San Francisco, 825,111.

The finance department arrives at the population figures by using estimates of housing units and persons per household. Tracy has 25,996 housing units, according to the state report.

The population estimates are used by the state to allocate sales tax funds and other subventions.

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May 08, 2013
Why do leaders in most cities seem to think that being the fastest growing city is the goal? As a resident I do not want us to be the fastest growing city. High growth rates destroy quality of life. I also wouldn't really want us to be the fastest shrinking city either. Although at first thought it seems like a dream come true I suspect there would be some ugly consequences. It would be nice to have stability. Zero growth, zero or slow shrinkage.

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