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Turlock, Stanislaus County record population losses
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Turlock lost 203 residents over the past year to drop to a population of 71,531, as of Jan. 1, 2022 (Journal file photo).

Fewer people are calling Turlock home, according to new population estimates released Monday by the California Department of Finance.

Unlike neighboring Valley cities to the north and south that recorded large population increases over the past year, Turlock lost 203 residents to drop to 71,531, as of Jan. 1, 2022.

Stanislaus County as a whole saw a loss of over 2,000 residents in 2021, while Merced County was one of the top five counties to gain residents in the state.

All Stanislaus County cities recorded population losses, except for Patterson, which saw a 2.2% increase (531 residents) and Hughson which neither added or lost during the year.

Two of the fastest growing cities in the state are located in San Joaquin County — Lathrop (13th largest numerical gain in the state) and Manteca (14th largest gain).

In raw population gain, Lathrop added 1,947 residents and 1,864 additional residents now call Manteca home. But given Manteca is roughly three times larger in population, Lathrop’s additional residents translated into a 6.63 percent growth rate as opposed to Manteca’s 2.19 percent growth rate that made it California’s 25th fastest growing city in 2021.

Manteca has consistently been adding between 1,600 and 2,200 residents during the past seven years. Both Lathrop and Manteca are on pace to build more new housing units this year than they did in 2021.

In 2021, only 123 of the state’s 482 cities gained population. California’s population as a whole dipped slightly by 117,552 residents last year, bringing the state’s total to 39,185,605 people as of Jan. 1, 2022. The 0.3-percent decline represents a slowing compared to the 0.59-percent decline over the nine-month period between the April 2020 Census date and the year’s end.

The Northern San Joaquin Valley for the first time in at least two decades, if not longer, saw cities that dropped population as well.

Cities in the three-county Northern San Joaquin Valley region that gained residents and their estimated population as of Jan. 1, 2022 are as follows:

*Tracy added 914 residents to increase to 94,538.

*Merced added 858 residents to increase to 89,058

*Patterson added 531 residents to increase to 24,370.

*Los Banos added 471 residents to increase to 46,339.

*Lodi added 425 residents to increase to 66,570.

*Livingston added 70 residents to increase to 14,410.

*Hughson added no residents to stay at 7,495.

Cities in the three-county Northern San Joaquin Valley region that lost residents and their estimated population as of Jan. 1, 2022 are as follows:

*Oakdale lost 39 residents to drop to 23,071.

*Waterford lost 72 residents to drop to 8,872.

*Escalon lost 77 residents to drop to 7,362.

*Newman lost 82 residents to drop to 12,244.

*Gustine lost 117 residents to drop to 5,981.

*Dos Palos lost 120 residents to drop to 5,715.

*Riverbank lost 152 residents to drop to 8,340.

*Ripon lost 183 residents to drop to 15,979.

*Turlock lost 203 residents to drop to 71,531.

*Atwater lost 367 residents to drop to 31,652.

*Ceres lost 376 residents to drop to 48,386.

*Modesto lost 865 residents to drop to 217,880.

*Stockton lost 1,395 residents to drop 322,489.

— Dennis Wyatt contributed to this report.