The latest census data hit the streets last week, and as our friends at The San DiegoUnion-Tribune noted, the Census Bureau claims that during the year ending July 2006 far more people moved out of San Diego than moved in.

The census folks indicate that domestic migration, which measures movement between the states, weighed in at a loss of 42,034 former San Diegans. More foreigners moved into San Diego than left, however, raising the overall migration figure to a loss of 22,724 people. Enough babies were born on top of that to raise the overall population by a positive 4,845 San Diegans.

Last year, I did a story on the conflicting data provided by the Census Bureau and California’s Department of Finance, a fellow population-measuring agency. For those who don’t want to click the prior link, the executive summary is that the Census Bureau is thought by many economist-types to underestimate in-migration and thus population growth.

Interestingly, that disparity narrowed in 2006, if only by a little. The graph to the right shows the percent change in population as measured by the Census Bureau and the DOF, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics change in labor force size thrown in for good measure. The DOF showed an identical rise in 2006 as in 2005, while the Census Bureau measured a larger rise in 2006 than in 2005. The latter agency also revised their 2005 number upward and just out of the negative territory where it had formerly dwelt.

Head counting is clearly an inexact science. At least the agencies are all in agreement that San Diego has seen positive, if somewhat meager, population growth.


    This article relates to: Economy

    Written by K Hernandez

    VOSD Comment Policy

    Voice of San Diego’s Comment Policy

    If you have any questions about this policy please email If you have a longer, more thoughtful comment, consider submitting a commentary.


    Sign Up For VOSD’s Free Email Newsletters Today

    Enter your email address below.
    Choose your newsletters:

    To stop this message from appearing for 30 days, Log in. If you’re a current subscriber, you can update your preferences by choosing a new combination.


    San Diego’s Top Stories Delivered to Your Inbox

    Get the FREE daily Morning Report.

    To stop this message from appearing for 30 days, Log in.


    Log In or Register

    Registered users can follow narratives, comment on articles, check donation history and more.

    If you’ve never logged in before, please create a free account. If you’re a VOSD member, please use the email address associated with your donations.

    Forgot Password?