Garden Grove, Westminster and Stanton are growing, but at a rate slightly slower than the rest of Orange County.
According to a report released by the California Department of Finance, it’s estimated that the county’s population – led by a 2.5 percent increase in Irvine – has risen by nine-tenths of one percent so far in 2012.
By comparison, Garden Grove is estimated to have seen its population increase from 171,307 to 172,648, a difference of eight-tenths of a percent. Stanton has gone from 38,313 to 38,498 (0.5 percent increase) and Westminster from 89,926 to 90,677 (0.8 percent increase).
Garden Grove remains the county’s fifth-largest city, behind Anaheim (344,793), Santa Ana (327,731), Irvine (223,729) and Huntington Beach
Statewide, Garden Grove is the 25th largest (by population) in California. Anaheim is 10th, Santa Ana 11th, Irvine 15th and Huntington Beach is 23rd.
Other fast-growing cities in Orange County are Brea, (2.2 percent), Fullerton (1.5 percent), Yorba Linda (1.4 percent) and Aliso Viejo (1.4 percent).
The Department of Finance’s estimates are not actual head counts but calculations based on DMV records, school enrollment and other indicators of population movement and change.