Report: 1M in Sierra by 2020 |

Report: 1M in Sierra by 2020

The population of the Sierra Nevada is expected to exceed 1 million in 2020 – double the population in 1990, according to a new report.

At the same time, the earnings per job in the Sierra are 25 percent to 40 percent lower than the California average, according to the report by the Sierra Business Council.

A disproportionate amount of the population is aging, compared with the rest of the state, it said.

Declining school enrollment and the dearth of young families suggests an “instability in the region’s wealth,” according to the 52-page report.

“The State of the Sierra identifies key data trends around population, the changing economy, and natural resources and explores opportunities to invest in sustainable communities throughout the region,” Sierra Business Council President David Mattocks said in a statement.

The group is a nonprofit association of more than 700 businesses, agencies and individual members.

The report, which takes time to download, can be found at

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