Here are some excerpts from two recent articles in the Napa Valley Register by James Noonan, Census: Calistoga lost 35 residents in decade and Unincorporated Napa Valley population drops 6 percent:
The first local numbers from the 2010 federal census are in, and Calistoga, along with St. Helena, showed a decline in population of 35 and 136 respectively.
The Census Bureau released California’s local numbers at mid-day Tuesday, posting a massive data package that includes population summaries, as well as figures on age and race for local jurisdictions — such as cites, counties and school districts — across the state.
Tuesday’s data will be used to redraw districts for Congressional and statewide offices, a practice which — for the first time in state history — will be done by an independent, 14-person commission rather than the Legislature.
American Canyon was by far the Napa County’s fastest-growing city, doubling in population between 2000 and 2010, while Napa and Yountville grew modestly.
American Canyon’s official population is 19,454, a 99 percent jump from 9,774 in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Since its incorporation in 1992, American Canyon’s general plan has always called for a community population of roughly 20,000.
Napa grew six percent, from 72,585 in 2000 to 76,915, less than the city’s targeted growth rate of one percent annually.
Yountville saw minor growth over the last decade — 17 people — going from 2,916 population in 2000 to 2,933.
St. Helena’s population decreased by 136. According to the 2010 figures, the self-proclaimed “heart of the Napa Valley” is now home to 5,814 residents, down from the 5,950 figure recorded a decade earlier.
According to Napa’s newly-released census data, the human population of the areas outside the valley’s five cities has dropped by more than 6 percent — or 1,650 people — since the year 2000.
In the last census, roughly 27,800 people lived in the county’s rural lands. In 2010, the number had dipped to 26,200.