California's population surpassed 32 million in 1994, but population growth was slower than at any time since the early 1970s, state records show.

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As of July 1, the state was home to 32,140,000 people, according to official estimates released Friday by the state Department of Finance. That's an increase of 394,000 over the previous 12 months.Since 1990, when the state's economic recession began, population growth has continued but at a progressively slower pace, the state demographers reported. By 1993-94, the rate of growth had slowed to 1.2 percent, lower than at any time since 1971-72, also a recession period.

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