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Calif. population grows less than 1 percent

December 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
California's population grew less than 1 percent over the last year, up slightly from the year before, according to demographic figures released Thursday.The state said Thursday that California added 350,000 new residents from July 2009 to July 2010.

That puts California's total population at 38.8 million.

Most of the population growth is due to births in the state.

California gained more than 138,000 foreign immigrants and saw 72,000 people leave for other states.

More than half the population growth was in the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Orange and San Bernardino.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.