During 2011, Tracy added 658 residents, bringing the city’s population at the first of this year to 83,900, compared to 83,242 a year earlier, according to population estimates released recently by the state Department of Finance.
Tracy’s growth rate of 0.8 percent was just below San Joaquin County’s 2011 growth rate of 1 percent. The county’s population increased in 2011 from 689,160 at the beginning of 2011 to 695,750 this January.
Tracy’s 2011 almost-flat growth trend followed the 2010 U.S. Census count for Tracy of 82,922 residents. In estimating populations of California cities, the state Department of Finance uses numbers of residential units of various types, along with other demographic information.
San Joaquin County’s fastest-growing city in 2011 was Manteca, which posted a 2.3 percent population increase, from 68,265 in January 2011 to 69,815 in January 2012.
Tracy’s current slow growth in population has been expected. Measure A, a slower-growth measure approved by Tracy voters in 2000, forecast a major slowdown for several years, and the bursting housing bubble made that a reality.
That dry spell is continuing. In 2011, only seven single-family homes were completed in Tracy, and there were no multifamily units constructed, according to city of Tracy building officials.
Officials suggest that the 658 estimated new residents found housing either by sharing a residence with other individuals and families, or by occupying previously foreclosed properties.
So far this year, six building permits have been issued for single-family homes, and none for multi-family complexes. The only subdivision currently under development is Bright Development’s subdivision on MacArthur Drive just north of Hidden Lake.