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County population rises on account of births offsetting losses
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Stanislaus County has grown to a population of 526,047, which is 4,731 more than lived here in 2007.

The increase of 0.9 percent in population was the result of 5,255 more babies born here than people died here. The county experienced 8,944 births and 3,719 deaths.

The statistics were released by the California Department of Finance and reflect what happened between June 30, 2007 and July 1, 2008.

But for the first time since World War II, more people moved out of the county than moved in. When it comes to moving, the state figures that 2,852 persons left the county, 2,358 moved in, making the net loss at 494. The conventional wisdom is that the county's high foreclosure rate caused the exodus of persons from the county.

The county's population gain was the lowest since record keeping was begun in 1947.

An estimated 2,358 persons moved to Stanislaus County from other countries. An estimated 2,852 more Stanislaus residents left the county than moved in.

An official with the state Department of Finance said the county's demographics are a reflection of what's going on in the state. California saw more residents move out than move in from other parts of the country. Those losses were reduced by an influx of immigrants and the gain in births over deaths.

The state's population is now officially at 37,712,588.

Natural increase remains the primary source of the state's growth since 2002. The natural increase of 329,000 in the past year is composed of 571,000 births minus 242,000 deaths. This accounted for 75 percent of the 2008 fiscal year growth. Net migration contributed over 107,000 new residents, 25 percent of the growth. Net migration includes all legal and unauthorized foreign immigrants, residents who left the state to live abroad, and the balance of hundreds of thousands of people moving within the United States both to and from California. During the fiscal year, the state gained over 242,000 new foreign immigrants and, similar to the prior four years, experienced a modest loss of 135,000 persons to other states.

The state agency keeps tabs on population for budgeting, needs assessment, program planning and evaluation, and the distribution of state funds.