FAIRFIELD — Solano County may no longer be the growth powerhouse of a decade ago, but people are still coming here.
About 1,678 people moved to the county from July 2012 to July 2013, according to figures recently released by the state Department of Finance. In addition, births outstripped deaths by 2,240. Overall the county grew by about 3,918, to a total of 423,265.
During the Great Recession, more people left the county than came. The county grew only because of the birth rate. For example, in 2010-11, the county’s net migration was a loss of 1,131 people.
So Solano County is making somewhat of a growth comeback. Still, the latest figures pale compared to 2000, when the county added 5,344 through migration alone.
Whether the county will again become the growth powerhouse of past decades remains to be seen. The recently planned Plan Bay Area calls for regional growth in coming years to be focused more on the core Bay Area than on outlying areas such as Solano County.
The 2012-13 data ranked Solano County 19th among the state’s 58 counties in numerical growth and sixth among the nine Bay Area counties. Solano County had a 0.93 percent growth rate, 12th among state counties and fifth among Bay Area counties.
California grew by 332,000 people, the state Department of Finance reported. That’s more than the populations of Yolo and Yuba counties combined. Of the total, 266,000 came from births outstripping deaths and 66,000 through net migration.
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