The Mother Lode’s Population Continues To Decline

The Mother Lode’s Population Continues To Decline

The Mother Lode’s population continued to decline in new estimates released by the California Department of Finance. Amador County’s estimated population was 38,094 as of July 1, a loss of 288 residents since 2017. Calaveras County’s estimated population was 44,637, down 19 residents over the same period. The report stated that inland counties experienced the highest population growth rates, while urban coastal counties grew at a slower pace. Smaller counties in more remote areas of California either lost population or grew very little. Amador and Calaveras counties have experienced mostly year-over-year decreases in the estimated size in population since July 2010. Meanwhile, the department estimated the state added a total of 215,000 people over the same period. Population estimates are developed using data from several sources, including birth and death rates from the State Department of Public Health, driver’s license data from the Department of Motor Vehicles, housing data from local governments, school enrollment data from the Department of Education, and federal income-tax return data.

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