The Politics Of California's Growth Are Daunting

California's net population growth is 600,000 per year, or 6 million per decade.
February 17, 2004, 7am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"This massive movement of human beings and an equally impressive production of babies does not fall evenly on California. While immigrants tend to concentrate in urban areas - also the locale of most births - there's an offsetting shift of population from those urban centers into suburban and even rural areas. Thus, the state's fastest-growing regions are on the urban periphery, especially counties in the interior valleys north and south... These two trends mean that the fundamental impacts of growth - such as traffic and school crowding - are being felt most heavily in the suburbs, but the urban centers are undergoing a demographic transformation as immigrants settle in and others pack up for the suburbs."

Thanks to California Infrastructure Brief

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Published on Monday, February 16, 2004 in The Sacramento Bee
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