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For the first time, the nation's most populated state has surpassed 38 million residents. California added 436,000 new residents between July 2007 and July 2008 mainly due to immigration and births to immigrants.

Santa Clara County, which is the state's sixth largest county, saw its population grow by 1.74 percent. The county added more people between 2007 and 2008 through foreign immigration than any other year dating back to 2001. Births, which can also be tied to immigration, was the other major cause for the population growth in Santa Clara County.

The state's growth is a 1.16 percent increase, putting the new population at 38.1 million. The economic recession has had little impact on California's population.

The San Jose Mercury News has more on this story.

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Updated: Fri, Jul 21st 2017 @ 11:15am EDT