Sonora, Calif. – While California saw a net loss of population for the second straight year, Tuolumne County gained residents.
Only 24 of California’s 58 counties saw population growth over the past year, and Tuolumne County had the fourth-highest rate at 0.9%. The county’s population as of January 1, 2021 was 54,791 and at the start of this year it was 55,291. It should also be noted that the population of the City of Sonora has increased (0.4%) from 5,121 to 5,144.
Neighboring Calaveras County reported a population decline (0.4%) from 45,250 last year to 45,049 this year. Angels Camp also lost population (0.5%) from 3,641 to 3,623.
The state of California has seen a population decline in each of the past two years, the first two times in the state’s recorded history. Over the past year, California has lost 117,552 residents (down 0.3%) to bring the total population to 39,185,605 as of January 1.
Fewer people are moving to California from other states. California officials also cite a declining birth rate and more pandemic-related deaths as reasons for the state’s overall decline.