After teetering on the edge for a few years, Stockton has officially cracked the 300,000 population mark. According to newly-released California Department of Finance population estimates for 2014, Stockton’s population now stands at 300,899. This represents a 1.1% increase over last year’s population estimate (297,757). Here’s a look at the numbers:
– Stockton remains the 13th largest city in California, just behind Riverside
– Stockton’s overall increase of just over 3,000 residents ranks as the 13th most in the state
– However, the city’s rate of growth (1.06% without rounding) is only good enough for 114th place
– For county perspective, Stockton’s rate of growth is faster than Tracy and Lodi (0.8 and 0.7), but lower than Manteca and Lathrop (1.9 and 2.7)
– Overall, San Joaquin County grew at 1.8% to 710,731 total residents
– The fastest growing city in California is McFarland in Kern County which grew at 8.9%. At the other end, Avenal in King County shrunk by 6.5%
– California as a whole grew by 0.9%, adding 356,000 new residents, roughly the size of Bakersfield
Though not a huge jump, officially surpassing the 300,000 population threshold represents a symbolic milestone for the city, which unofficially passed this threshold years ago. As many know, Stockton’s official population estimate does not include unincorporated areas of the city, meaning Stockton’s actual population is understated. Areas such as Lincoln Village, Colonial Heights and Country Club combine to make Stockton’s real population closer to 350,000.
Nevertheless, it’s nice to finally top 300,000—and we’re still growing. Many don’t realize it, but that makes Stockton as big as or bigger than cities like Pittsburgh, Orlando, Cincinnati, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City. We live in a pretty big city, let’s start thinking like one.