California’s population growth historically low, but Dublin and Newark hot spot cities

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The population in California last year, grew at the slowest rate in the state’s history, according to the state Department of Finance. 

The reason behind it is a significant decline in births, down more than 18,000 over the previous year. 

There are also fewer students enrolling in California school and deaths have been continuing to increase since 2010 as “baby boomers” continue to age. 

This despite, the state adding close to 187,000 new residents. 

KRON4’s Philippe Djegal reports a significant number of those people have chosen the Bay Area to call home, specifically in Newark and Dublin. 

East Bay real estate broker Beverly Herrera said, “[Dublin] is one of the only areas around here that is building. It has a big draw for people.”

The population is directly tied to the housing market and the city is ranked second on the list of top 10 fastest growing cities with populations over 30,000 at 4.4 percent. 

Newark is the only other Bay Area city on the list. The city’s population grew 3.3 percent last year. 

“Over the past five years, the home prices in Dublin have increased, I would say the 20-percent range,” Herrera said. 

But she says that is not keeping people away. 

That is because Dublin and Newark are cheaper options for people compared to San Francisco and San Jose. 

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