AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champStill, state demographers do not expect the county to begin losing population anytime soon. Long-term projections call for population growth through at least 2050, when the county’s population is expected to top 13 million. “Natural increase – births over deaths – will continue to drive population growth within Los Angeles County,” said Mary Heim, chief of the state’s demographic research unit. “It’s a relatively young county, in terms of age. It has a lot of ethnic diversity and it has some of the groups that have higher fertility. So that portion of the components of population change continue to cause L.A. County to grow.” State demographic experts said Los Angeles has a higher birth rate than the state average, mostly because of the high number of Hispanic immigrants who have traditionally had higher fertility rates than any other ethnic group. The county also has a younger population – Los Angeles County’s median age is 36.6 years, while the state median is 39 years. SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles County’s population grew by less than one-half of 1 percent this year, reflecting a long-term slowing as more people are moving to less expensive areas of the country. The county’s population reached 10.3million as of July 1, according to the state Department of Finance. That was a one-year increase of 0.45 percent. By comparison, in 2000 the county’s population grew by 1.93 percent. The only thing keeping the county growing now has been a healthy birth rate, with 152,479 new babies delivered in the past year and 60,800 deaths. At the same time, 45,071 more people moved out of Los Angeles than moved in. [email protected] 916-446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!