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Napa's Census Numbers: a Quick First Look

Our population increased by 6 percent in Napa city, 9.8 percent countywide; AmCan is up 99 percent, Yountville down by 11 percent.

The city of Napa grew by 6 percent between 2000 and 2010: According to population figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Finance, the city's head count increased from 72,585 to 76,915 over the 10-year period.

Napa County's population has grown by 9.8 percent since the 2010 census, when there were 124,279 residents: Last year, the county was 136,484 strong, according to today's report.

The county's fastest-growing city was American Canyon, where the population jumped by 99 percent, from 9,774 in 2000 to 19,454 in 2010.

Upvalley cities lost population over the decade: Yountville's latest numbers are 11 percent lower than in the last census, St. Helena's 2.3 percent lower and Calistoga's .07 percent lower.

That translates to 364 fewer Yountville residents, 136 fewer St. Helenans and 35 fewer Calistogans.

Statewide, Napa County was the 34th most-populous county in both 2010 and 2011.

The data — divided by census blocks, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts — includes information on population, race, ethnicity and voting age.

In December, the Bureau released state population information used to determine the redistricting of state representation in national government.

In 2010, eight states gained congressional seats, but for the first time since 1920 California wasn't one of them — due to inordinately slow population growth over the last decade. California's population total was 37,253,956  residents in 2010, an almost 10 percent population growth since 2000, and right on par with the country's 9.7 percent population increase. So, California retains its 53 seats in the House of Representatives.

This is just a quick look at the results released this afternoon; we'll have further analysis on Napa Patch throughout the week.

Frank Davidson March 09, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Yes I think Napa has changed considerable the past decade...I'm not really sure if it's all for the better. The outer shopping areas, North Napa, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods etc are a improvement but as far as downtown I think there is still much room for improvement. The night life has come a long way and the entertainment is much better but there are still vacant store-fronts. Having grown up in Napa I can remember a busy downtown. Shoe shopping at Gallenkamps. We'd get our school clothes at IXL on Main St. and church clothes at J.C.Penneys and then go for a milk-shake at the Woolsworth soda fountain! Why can't we put an old fashioned five and dime store in the Merrills building again? I bet the tourist would love it! Along with everyone else. Why not an old fashioned soda fountain? Make it financially possible for the mom and pop stores to open up businesses in there again! Remember Wigger Bro's, Rothmans, IXL, Brewsters, Rexall, Harrietts flower shop, Roberta's Dress shop, Carithers...I could go on and on...I'd be willing to bet if we could get some of those type places in there again things would improve. But this is just my opinion.
Christy Bors May 02, 2011 at 09:45 PM
What are the annual household incomes for Napa County? Are they listed in the 2010 census? Just curious...

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