San Diego County is on track to add close to 1 million residents by 2060 according to new projections released this week by the California Department of Finance.
In December, the agency reported San Diego County crossed the 3.3 million mark in population for the first time. In the last year, the state’s population grew by 295,000 to total 39.4 million people according to the state’s estimate.
This new report states San Diego County is expected to add approximately 400,000 residents by 2036.
Within 50 years, our county could see its population expand to 4.1 million by the report’s estimates.
Across the state, the Central Valley was expected to see the highest growth rates over the next 20 years.
Another important point from the department’s report is that the state’s population is aging. Currently, residents over 65 make up 14 percent of the population. In 2060, 26 percent of the state's population will be over 65, according to the projections.
Those born between 1965 and 1980, the group known as “Generation X” are expected to overtake the “Baby Boom” generation in total population size by 2019, the report states.
The data is pulled together through reports from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Health and the U.S. Census Bureau.
San Diego County is the second largest county in the state behind Los Angeles County. The nine largest counties - Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Alameda, Sacramento, and Contra Costa - make up 70 percent of the state’s population.