The city of Irvine has posted a 3.2% increase in population to 250,384, the highest percentage increase in Orange County and tops among cities with populations of 100,000 or more, according to an annual report released today by the California Department of Finance.
The increase came in the 12-month period ended in January, according to the state agency. Irvine’s gain of 7,708 residents was the largest numeric increase among cities with populations of 300,000 or less.
Orange County overall had a 1.1% increase in population to 3.15 million, up from 3.11 million.
Irvine is the third-largest city in Orange County.
Anaheim remained the most populous city in OC, according to the data, with 351,433 residents. Anaheim saw a 1% increase with a gain of 3,064.
Santa Ana is No. 2, with 335,264, a 1% gain, with 2,878 additional residents.
The City of Los Angeles now has a population of just less than 4 million, according to the state. San Diego, the second largest city in California, has a population of 1.4 million, while No. 3 San Jose checked in with 1 million residents.