Which South Bay cities grew the most in population in 2014?

By Daily Breeze Staff and news services

Los Angeles County’s population grew by 0.8 percent to more than 10.13 million last year, while South Bay cities remained fairly static in growth, the state Department of Finance reports.

According to state figures released Friday, Los Angeles County’s population on Jan. 1 was 10,136,559. The city of Los Angeles had 3,957,022 residents, a 1.1 percent increase from the previous year.

In the South Bay, Hawthorne showed the highest population growth at 1.1 percent, while other cities ranged in growth from 0.6 percent (El Segundo) to 0.1 percent (Hermosa Beach).

Torrance, the largest city in the South Bay, gained 0.4 percent population over the past year to 148,427.

In raw numbers, South Bay population growth ranged from 972 new residents in Hawthorne to eight in Rolling Hills.

Consistent with being the state’s largest city, Los Angeles’ population growth was the biggest in the state over the past year, followed by San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco.

Long Beach, the second-largest city in the county, grew by 0.5 percent over the past year and now has a population of 472,779, according to the state.

Only one city in Los Angeles County had a drop in population, with Hidden Hills showing a 0.1 percent reduction — a loss of one resident.

Orange County’s population jumped by 1.1 percent over the past year to reach 3,147,655.

Overall, California grew by 0.9 percent last year, adding 358,000 people to bring the population to 38.7 million, the Department of Finance reported.


(Figures as of Jan. 1, 2015, with growth over previous year in parentheses)

  • Torrance: 148,427 (+0.4%)
  • Inglewood: 112,333 (+0.4%)
  • Carson: 93,148 (+0.5%)
  • Hawthorne: 87,657 (+1.1%)
  • Los Angeles: 3,957,022 (+1.1%)
  • Redondo Beach: 68,095 (+0.5%)
  • Gardena: 60,414 (+0.5%)
  • Rancho Palos Verdes: 42,564 (+0.4%)
  • Manhattan Beach: 35,763 (+0.4%)
  • Lawndale: 33,403 (+0.5%)
  • Lomita: 20,733 (+0.5%)
  • Hermosa Beach: 19,772 (+0.1%)
  • El Segundo: 17,000 (+0.6%)
  • Palos Verdes Estates: 13,730 (+0.4%)
  • Rolling Hills Estates: 8,223 (+0.4%)
  • Rolling Hills: 1,904 (+0.4%)
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