Fresno County's population expanded by a little more than 1% between July 2012 and this past July, the county's largest growth rate in three years, according to estimates released Thursday by the state Department of Finance.
The county's population was 958,866, reflecting a growth rate of 1.06%. In 2010-11, the rate was 0.8%, and in 2011-12 it was 1%. The estimated growth rate from 2012 to 2013 was ninth highest of the state's 58 counties.
Tulare, Mariposa, Madera and Merced counties also grew, state data shows. Tulare County saw its population increase a little more than three quarters of a percent to 456,347. Madera County's growth rate of 1.13% -- to an estimated 153,045 -- was seventh highest in the state.
Kings County lost population for the third straight year, falling 0.16% between 2012 and 2013 to 150,479.
Los Angeles remains, by far, the state's largest county. The latest state estimate shows its population growing by three-quarters of a percent and crossing the 10 million mark.
The report also showed California's population grew by less than 1% to 38,204,597. That growth rate "continues the pattern of moderate growth rates over the past few years," according to the Department of Finance.
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