Placer County vs. California
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2022
Introduction
Placer County vs. California
Placer County:
2022 Population = 417,772
2022 Percent of State = 1.07%
California:
2022 Population = 39,029,342
2022 Percent of U.S. = 11.71%
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Placer County with comparisons to California and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Placer County vs. California's population growth over 1969-2022. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Population, 1969-2022
Population, 1969-2022
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Placer County's annual population for the period 1969-2022 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 54-year period, Placer County's population rose from 75,693 in 1969 to 417,772 in 2022, for a net gain of 342,079, or 451.93%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population, 1969-2022
Population, 1969-2022
Figure 2.
Figure 2 traces California's annual population for the period 1969-2022 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 54-year period, California's population rose from 19,711,000 in 1969 to 39,029,342 in 2022, for a net gain of 19,318,342, or 98.01%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2022
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2022
Figure 3.
Figure 3 shows Placer County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with California, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Placer County's overall population growth was 451.93% over 1969-2022 outpaced California's increase of 98.01%, and outpaced the United States' increase of 65.57%.
Population as a Percent of the California Total: 1969-2022
Population as a Percent of the California Total: 1969-2022
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of highlighting the population growth of Placer County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to California's statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than California's population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Placer County's population totaled 0.38% of California's population, while in 2022 it comprised 1.07% thereby yielding a +0.69% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2022 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2022
vs.
1969
+0.69%
=
1.07%
-
0.38%
 
   
Placer County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2022
Placer County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2022
Figure 5.
Figure 5 shows the short-run pattern of Placer County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2022. The average annual percent change for the entire 53-year period is also illustrated on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Placer County's population grew at an annual rate of 3.29% over 1970-2022. The county recorded its highest growth in 1978 (8.15%) and recorded its lowest growth in 2015 (1.05%). In 2022, Placer County's population grew by 1.21%
Placer County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2022
Placer County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2022
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again depicts the annual percent change in Placer County's population since 1970, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020-2022.
During the 1970s, Placer County's annual population growth rate averaged 4.08%. It averaged 3.74% during the 1980s, 4.02% in the 1990s, 3.63% during the 2000s, 1.56% during the 2010s, 1.35% thus far this decade (2020-2022).
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Placer County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for California and the nation. As the chart reveals, Placer County's average annual population growth outgained California's average throughout the 1970s (4.08% vs. 1.67%), surpassed California's average during the 1980s (3.74% vs. 2.31%), outpaced California's average throughout the 1990s (4.02% vs. 1.38%), topped California's average during the 2000s (3.63% vs. 0.99%), exceeded California's average in the 2010s (1.56% vs. 0.68%), and led California's average over the 3 year period of the current decade, 2020-2022 (1.35% vs. -0.44%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Placer County recorded above the nation over the 1970s (4.08% vs. 1.10%), registered above the nation throughout the 1980s (3.74% vs. 0.95%), exceeded the nation over the 1990s (4.02% vs. 1.23%), registered above the nation during the 2000s (3.63% vs. 0.95%), topped the nation during the 2010s (1.56% vs. 0.74%), and outpaced the nation over 2020-2022 (1.35% vs. 0.31%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
3.29
4.08
3.74
4.02
3.63
1.56
1.35
1.21
 
1.30
1.67
2.31
1.38
0.99
0.68
-0.44
-0.29
 
0.96
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.74
0.31
0.38
 
   

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Placer County:
Population, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
75,693
100.0
N
0.38
1970
 
78,215
103.3
3.33
0.39
1971
 
80,905
106.9
3.44
0.40
1972
 
83,119
109.8
2.74
0.40
1973
 
85,493
112.9
2.86
0.41
1974
 
88,238
116.6
3.21
0.42
1975
 
90,854
120.0
2.96
0.42
1976
 
95,382
126.0
4.98
0.43
1977
 
99,562
131.5
4.38
0.45
1978
 
107,673
142.2
8.15
0.47
1979
 
112,758
149.0
4.72
0.48
1980
 
118,332
156.3
4.94
0.50
1981
 
122,444
161.8
3.47
0.50
1982
 
126,216
166.7
3.08
0.51
1983
 
128,535
169.8
1.84
0.51
1984
 
132,575
175.1
3.14
0.51
1985
 
136,789
180.7
3.18
0.52
1986
 
141,432
186.8
3.39
0.52
1987
 
147,363
194.7
4.19
0.53
1988
 
153,610
202.9
4.24
0.54
1989
 
162,658
214.9
5.89
0.56
1990
 
175,477
231.8
7.88
0.59
1991
 
181,611
239.9
3.50
0.60
1992
 
187,268
247.4
3.11
0.60
1993
 
192,655
254.5
2.88
0.62
1994
 
199,290
263.3
3.44
0.63
1995
 
207,071
273.6
3.90
0.65
1996
 
214,726
283.7
3.70
0.67
1997
 
222,168
293.5
3.47
0.68
1998
 
231,179
305.4
4.06
0.70
1999
 
240,928
318.3
4.22
0.72
2000
 
251,012
331.6
4.19
0.74
2001
 
263,615
348.3
5.02
0.76
2002
 
276,907
365.8
5.04
0.79
2003
 
290,726
384.1
4.99
0.82
2004
 
302,841
400.1
4.17
0.85
2005
 
312,762
413.2
3.28
0.87
2006
 
321,934
425.3
2.93
0.89
2007
 
329,023
434.7
2.20
0.91
2008
 
337,568
446.0
2.60
0.92
2009
 
343,810
454.2
1.85
0.93
2010
 
350,063
462.5
1.82
0.94
2011
 
356,610
471.1
1.87
0.95
2012
 
360,792
476.7
1.17
0.95
2013
 
366,182
483.8
1.49
0.96
2014
 
370,255
489.2
1.11
0.96
2015
 
374,135
494.3
1.05
0.96
2016
 
380,580
502.8
1.72
0.97
2017
 
387,160
511.5
1.73
0.98
2018
 
394,841
521.6
1.98
1.00
2019
 
401,317
530.2
1.64
1.01
2020
 
405,889
536.2
1.14
1.03
2021
 
412,789
545.3
1.70
1.05
2022
 
417,772
551.9
1.21
1.07
Source: Calculations by the California Regional Economic Analysis Project (CA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
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California:
Population, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
19,711,000
100.0
N
9.79
1970
 
20,023,181
101.6
1.58
9.82
1971
 
20,345,575
103.2
1.61
9.84
1972
 
20,584,794
104.4
1.18
9.84
1973
 
20,867,737
105.9
1.37
9.87
1974
 
21,172,548
107.4
1.46
9.92
1975
 
21,536,715
109.3
1.72
10.00
1976
 
21,934,505
111.3
1.85
10.08
1977
 
22,350,247
113.4
1.90
10.17
1978
 
22,838,960
115.9
2.19
10.28
1979
 
23,255,069
118.0
1.82
10.36
1980
 
23,800,800
120.7
2.35
10.47
1981
 
24,285,933
123.2
2.04
10.58
1982
 
24,820,007
125.9
2.20
10.71
1983
 
25,360,023
128.7
2.18
10.85
1984
 
25,844,397
131.1
1.91
10.96
1985
 
26,441,107
134.1
2.31
11.11
1986
 
27,102,238
137.5
2.50
11.29
1987
 
27,777,160
140.9
2.49
11.46
1988
 
28,464,250
144.4
2.47
11.64
1989
 
29,218,165
148.2
2.65
11.84
1990
 
29,959,515
152.0
2.54
12.00
1991
 
30,470,736
154.6
1.71
12.04
1992
 
30,974,659
157.1
1.65
12.08
1993
 
31,274,928
158.7
0.97
12.03
1994
 
31,484,435
159.7
0.67
11.97
1995
 
31,696,582
160.8
0.67
11.90
1996
 
32,018,834
162.4
1.02
11.89
1997
 
32,486,010
164.8
1.46
11.92
1998
 
32,987,675
167.4
1.54
11.96
1999
 
33,499,204
170.0
1.55
12.01
2000
 
33,987,977
172.4
1.46
12.05
2001
 
34,479,458
174.9
1.45
12.10
2002
 
34,871,843
176.9
1.14
12.12
2003
 
35,253,159
178.9
1.09
12.15
2004
 
35,574,576
180.5
0.91
12.15
2005
 
35,827,943
181.8
0.71
12.12
2006
 
36,021,202
182.7
0.54
12.07
2007
 
36,250,311
183.9
0.64
12.03
2008
 
36,604,337
185.7
0.98
12.04
2009
 
36,961,229
187.5
0.97
12.05
2010
 
37,322,360
189.3
0.98
12.06
2011
 
37,650,514
191.0
0.88
12.07
2012
 
37,970,368
192.6
0.85
12.08
2013
 
38,291,358
194.3
0.85
12.09
2014
 
38,636,290
196.0
0.90
12.10
2015
 
38,966,055
197.7
0.85
12.11
2016
 
39,223,210
199.0
0.66
12.09
2017
 
39,424,071
200.0
0.51
12.07
2018
 
39,535,906
200.6
0.28
12.03
2019
 
39,547,996
200.6
0.03
11.98
2020
 
39,501,653
200.4
-0.12
11.92
2021
 
39,142,991
198.6
-0.91
11.79
2022
 
39,029,342
198.0
-0.29
11.71
Source: Calculations by the California Regional Economic Analysis Project (CA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
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United States:
Population, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
201,298,000
100.0
N
1970
 
203,798,722
101.2
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
102.7
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
104.0
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
105.0
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
106.0
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
107.0
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
108.1
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
109.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
110.3
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
111.6
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
112.9
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
114.0
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
115.1
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
116.1
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
117.2
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
118.2
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
119.3
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
120.4
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
121.5
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
122.6
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
124.0
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
125.7
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
127.4
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
129.1
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
130.7
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
132.3
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
133.8
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
135.4
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
137.0
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
138.6
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
140.2
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
141.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
142.9
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
144.1
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
145.5
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
146.8
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
148.2
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
149.6
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
151.1
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
152.4
0.88
2010
 
309,378,433
153.7
0.85
2011
 
311,841,632
154.9
0.80
2012
 
314,344,331
156.2
0.80
2013
 
316,735,375
157.3
0.76
2014
 
319,270,047
158.6
0.80
2015
 
321,829,327
159.9
0.80
2016
 
324,367,742
161.1
0.79
2017
 
326,623,063
162.3
0.70
2018
 
328,542,157
163.2
0.59
2019
 
330,233,102
164.1
0.51
2020
 
331,511,512
164.7
0.39
2021
 
332,031,554
164.9
0.16
2022
 
333,287,557
165.6
0.38
Source: Calculations by the California Regional Economic Analysis Project (CA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
REAP_PI_CA1400_100_PN
 
   
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