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Santa Clarita grows by 4,000 residents

Posted: May 1, 2014 5:33 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2014 5:33 p.m.

The city of Santa Clarita added more than 4,000 residents from January 2013 to January of this year and remains the third-largest city in Los Angeles County, according to state figures unveiled this week.

An annual report from the California Department of Finance pegged the city’s population at 209,130 residents in January, up from 205,075 in January 2013.

“The majority of the growth is what we would call organic growth that’s spread throughout the city,” city spokeswoman Gail Morgan said Thursday.

In Los Angeles County, only the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach have higher populations than Santa Clarita. The next largest after Santa Clarita is Glendale, with a population of 195,799, according to the Department of Finance.

Santa Clarita added the third-most residents from January 2013 to January of this year out of any California city with fewer than 300,000 residents, according to the Department of Finance. Only Irvine, which added 11,288 residents, and Chula Vista, which added 4,166, grew more than Santa Clarita in that time period, according to the Department of Finance.

While annexation has traditionally played a large role in Santa Clarita’s growth, Morgan said only about 40 residents in this period were added as a result of annexation.

Since incorporation in 1987, the city has welcomed in tens of thousands of new residents from annexation.

Two substantial annexations that have taken place in recent years include the North Copper Hill area, which added approximately 9,543 residents, according to city Associate Planner Patrick Leclair, and the Vista Canyon, Jakes Way, Fair Oaks Ranch annexation, which added around 14,895 residents.

Since incorporation, the city has annexed around 35 different areas, adding roughly 23.3 square miles, about 14,931 acres, to the city over that time frame, Leclair said.
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