California added just 21,200 residents in the fiscal year that ended July 1, the slowest rate of growth since 1900.
The 0.05% increase brings California’s total population to 39.8 million, according to estimates from the state’s Department of Finance released Wednesday. That was down from 0.23% growth the year before, also a century-long low.
While the numbers reflect just a few months of the Covid-19 era, the pandemic is having an impact. Deaths, due to an aging population and the virus, rose by 12,800 compared to the prior year. Lower international migration was also a factor, the state said.