Here's what's expected for the population in Los Angeles County

Don Simkovich
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Will your neighbors in Los Angeles County be saying goodbye soon?

Just over a million people are expected to leave the county between 2023 and 2060, according to the latest figures from California’s Department of Finance.

The county's population has decreased from 10 million residents in 2020 to 9.5 million residents in 2023, still a greater population than many states.

That's a change from 2010 to 2021 when LA County's population grew 6 out of the 11 years during that period, according to

The state department of finance projects another 1.4 million people leaving, although that doesn't mean they're leaving the state. In fact, California’s population will peak at 40,153,476 in 2043.

More rural counties like Placer, Merced, and Kern County (home to Bakersfield) could see the number of their residents increase. Both the northern San Joaquin Valley and the Inland Empire are expected to see population growth.

San Joaquin County is expected to grow by 196,119 to reach 976,326 in 2060.

There wasn't a specific reason given for the projected future population decrease in LA County. The unemployment rate in LA County improved from 4.8% to 4.5% in May. For comparison, neighboring Orange County improved from 3.2% to 2.7%, as noted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The largest industries in LA County are entertainment, aerospace, bioscience, transportation, and fashion in a listing by BrandLA.

Entertainment and aerospace led the region's growth after World War Two. The recognizable names now include Fox, Disney, and Sony along with SpaceX with offices by the Hawthorne Municipal Airport.

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I interview entrepreneurs, and dig into the news around Southern California, giving a voice to business owners, artists and more. I also co-write the thriller novel series Tom Stone Detective Stories.

Pasadena, CA

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