S.F., other Bay Area counties among fastest growing in California 

Three Bay Area counties had the fastest-growing populations in California over the past year, according to new data from the state.

San Francisco, San Mateo and Alameda counties all had growth rates of more than 1 percent between January 2012 and the beginning of this year, according to Department of Finance figures released Wednesday.

Statewide, the population grew by nearly 300,000 to 37.97 million, which was a 0.8 percent jump.

In The City, the population grew 1.1 percent, adding 8,800 residents. San Mateo County added more than 7,800 people, and the Alameda County population grew by 18,500 people. According to the state agency, the Bay Area is the fastest-growing region in the state.

The largest cities in the state are, in order, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose.

Of the 482 cities in California, 444 had gains in population while 37 lost residents. Just one — Amador, population 182 — stayed the same.

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