California´s population has risen nearly two percent to 35 (m) million people. The Department of Finance reports Lincoln, northeast of Sacramento in Placer county–population 17,700–was the state´s fastest growing city with a 28 percent population rise.
A San Joaquin Valley city is moving up on a list of the nation´s best places to do business and advance a career. Forbes magazine and the Milken Institute list the Stockton-Lodi area 24th out of nearly 300 cities. Stockton was 46th last year. The magazine and institute looked at wage increases, job growth and high-tech performance.