Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Thirty-seven Thousand, One Hundred and Sixty-two

For some May Day is the celebration of spring; others mark it as a reminder of the rights of laborers.  But whether you commemorate May 1 with a maypole, a march or a lei (as they do in Hawai’i), here in California it’s the known as the day that the California Department of Finance, affectionately known as DOF, releases the E-1 report.  Wahoo!

Hmmm…do we sense a less than enthusiastic response? 

The E-1 report is titled “Population and Housing Estimates for Cities, Counties, and the State” which has the population and housing estimates for cities…uh, well the title is self-explanatory.  

The report provides the estimated population for each jurisdiction in California as of January 1 of the current year.  Why is this important?  Well for so many reasons.  Don't worry, we'll only get into one and that is that many of the various revenue streams that local jurisdictions receive are based on population. Specifically, these projections.

So without getting too deep into the minutia, we’ll cut to the chase and get to the point of this post.

Monrovia’s estimated population as of January 1, 2014 is 37,162.  This represents a 0.53% increase over the 2013 estimate.

If you are a demographic geek like us, you can read all about it here.

Spoiler Alert:  Los Angeles is still the most populous city in California.