According to state officials, suburban areas just outside of Los Angeles and San Francisco grew especially fast last year due to red-hot housing markets. As people attempt to remain within commuting distance while fleeing astronomical prices, many suburbs have increased in popularity. For example, San Joaquin County, home to Stockton, grew faster than any other, up 1.3 percent to 733,000 people. San Joaquin was followed by Yolo, Riverside, and Santa Clara counties. Among cities with at least 30,000 people, the fastest-growing were concentrated primarily in the Inland Empire and Orange County: Porterville, Eastvale, Lake Forest, Beaumont, and Lake Elsinore. Supply needs have only grown for the state’s population, but the number of new housing units in California declined last year for the first time since the start of the economic recovery.